-> ''"See that girl/ With the diamond ring?''
-> ''She knows how to/ Shake that thing!''
-> ''Aww, mess around''
-> ''I declare she can mess around."''
-->-- '''Music/RayCharles''', "Mess Around"

Sometimes when a [[WriterOnBoard writer]] is looking to [[ShockingSwerve stir things up]], or [[DerailingLoveInterests prevent the inevitable progression of a relationship]], or [[StatusQuoIsGod stop a wedding]], we'll find out that oops, once upon a time our hero/ine had an AccidentalMarriage, ArrangedMarriage or CitizenshipMarriage, possibly brought on by an OffTheWagon night. Which they then proceeded to forget about for years on end until their long-lost spouse comes looking for them wanting a divorce, or [[SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace they want to marry their current SO]]. Occasionally they'll think the marriage was annulled or never really counted, or they'll foolishly trust their spouse to take care of doing away with the ill-advised nuptials. It can be a bit more forgivable if the returning spouse supposedly died.

Depending on the situation, this can result in a NewOldFlame starting a LoveTriangle, a very much unwanted StalkerWithACrush, or a second chance at a missed opportunity.

For added drama to all parties involved, the writer can also make the unmentioned wife a MadwomanInTheAttic.

This is somewhat uncommon in RealLife, but not unheard of - some people really can't be bothered with the paperwork necessary to get a proper annulment/divorce for a relationship that's long since over. However, the NewOldFlame complication generally only happens in RealLife in cases of intentional bigamy. May or may not result in AccidentalAdultery. Can happen with TheMistress.

See also NotReallyMarriedPlot.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Happened in the 80s to ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, in a story just after she died in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' (''Superman #415: Supergirl: Bride Of- -X?''). An alien named Salkor showed up on Earth claiming to be her husband, which of course Franchise/{{Superman}} didn't believe. Later in the story he finds a video Supergirl made in his fortress where she relates being injured by a collision in space with a kryptonite meteor. Salkor, the hero of his world, finds her and nurses her back to health. Since she has amnesia, she hangs around and falls in love with him. But eventually her old memories return, in the process pushing aside her memories of the incidental marriage. She flies back to Earth and resumes her life. Her memories returned just in time for her to make the video before her death. A lot of fans forget this story because it was a time of way out stories as writers were cut loose to write any story they wanted before the reboot. Plus the marriage was a little bit gross [[UglyGuyHotWife by human standards]].

* ''Film/TheAccidentalHusband'' Starring Uma Thurman. In this case, [[NonIndicativeName the title is sort of misleading]]: Thurman plays a relationship talk show host who advises one of her listeners to break up with her boyfriend. When said boyfriend learns the host is about to get married, he gets his revenge by having a kid hack into a government database and list her as married ''to him''. "Hilarity" Ensues.
* Bill and Jo in ''Film/{{Twister}}''. Bill and Jo had long split up, but never signed the divorce papers until Bill shows up with his new fiancee. It makes one wonder exactly how and when Bill broke the news to her. First date? Second date? The marriage proposal? "Honey will you marry me?" "Yes!" "Great! Would you mind coming along on a road trip to visit my current wife so she and I can get divorced?" "What?!"
* ''Film/SweetHomeAlabama'' has the main plot ride on one of these, as the main character not only never got divorced, but even leads her new fiance to believe her first husband was her cousin. And it takes place in the deep south...
* ''Move Over Darling'' (Doris Day, James Garner, and Polly Bergen) is a 1963 remake of a 1940 ScrewballComedy ''Film/MyFavoriteWife'' (Irene Dunne, Creator/CaryGrant and Randolph Scott). The plot is: a wife was lost off a ship that sunk. Presumed dead after 7 years, the husband remarries. However, the first wife has been living on a deserted island with another man, is rescued, and comes home on the wedding day.
* In ''Film/LibeledLady'' (1936), Bill Chandler is confident that his marriage to Gladys Benton isn't legal because her Mexican divorce from her previous husband is invalid, so he has no qualms about marrying Connie Allenbury. Gladys then subverts the trope by telling Bill that she knew the Mexican divorce was invalid, so she went back and got a proper DivorceInReno.

* Mr. Rochester in ''Literature/JaneEyre'', though he never forgot, he just kept the fact concealed.
* In ''Literature/ATreeGrowsInBrooklyn'', Sissy never bothers to properly divorce her first two husbands.
* Barbara in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/WorldWar'' series. Her husband Jens went missing during a scouting mission and was assumed KIA. By the time he caught up with her, she was already remarried and pregnant, driving him to a FaceHeelTurn.
* The first husband of Hatty Doran in the Literature/SherlockHolmes story "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor" was reported killed in an Apache raid on his mining camp. She only learns that he didn't die when she sees him at her second wedding.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' Marco's dad remarries a few years after his first wife "died." Unknown to him, his wife was still alive--she was the host of [[PuppeteerParasite Visser One]], who [[FakingTheDead Faked The Dead]] when it was time to leave the planet. Needless to say this situation was quite awkward for Marco, who knew his mom was alive but couldn't tell anyone.
* In ''The Premature Burial'' by Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, Victorine La Fourcade, [[UptownGirl a wealthy French girl]], was involved with a poor journalist named Julien Bossuet, whom [[ParentalMarriageVeto her family did not approve of]] [[SlobsVersusSnobs because of his socioeconomic status]]. She caved under family pressure and married a wealthy banker, who [[DomesticAbuse abused her]] until she fell [[IllGirl ill]] and (apparently) died. It turns out she was ''not'' actually dead, just unconscious, and had been BuriedAlive! Julien came to her grave not long after her "death" to take a lock of her hair, and found out the truth. He took her home, nursed her back to health, and eloped to America with her. The couple returned to France some 20 years later, and the banker recognized Victorine, and tried to legally claim her back. Because of his bad treatment of her and her current marriage to Julien, Victorine refused, and the court ruled in her favor, saying that because of the unusual circumstances and the time that had passed, her marriage to the banker guy was herewith dissolved.
* Henry Crawford in the ''Literature/MrAndMrsDarcyMysteries'' conveniently forgets that he married Meg, under the name John Garret. She turns up looking for him at Mansfield inn - while he's still dealing with the fallout to his marriage to Anne de Bourgh.
* In ''Literature/MissLuluBett'', Ninian waits a week after his marriage to Lulu to tell her that he was married 15 years ago and his wife is, as far as he knows, still floating around out there somewhere. A mortified Lulu leaves him and goes home.
* About two-thirds of the way through the Literature/DrThorndyke novel ''Mr. Pottermack's Oversight'', Mr. Pottermack finally feels free to propose to the love of his life -- at which point, she reveals that she's not free to accept because she already has a husband, whom she walked out on before she met Mr. Pottermack but to whom she is officially still married.
* In Tamar Cohen's ''The War of the Wives'', both the first wife and the second wife had ''no idea'' that they were married to the same man for nearly ''twenty years'' because he managed to lie to both of them about his job so that the two were never in the same place at the same time. Both find out that he's a bigamist at his funeral and how they handle each other is the course of the novel.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Phoebe is very fond of this trope. She married a Not-So-Gay Ice Dancer and conveniently forgot to mention it to even her best friends and it is implied that she also married an unknown (to the viewers) man in Las Vegas.
** Rachel trusts Ross to annul their drunken Vegas marriage - and he doesn't go through with it.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' had a multi-episode subplot where Hodgins and Angela were getting married, but it turned out that Angela was already married, so they had to track down her husband so she could get a divorce. This was a problem because she didn't even remember who he was, or that she was even technically married, since all she could remember was getting massively drunk and jumping over a broomstick with a guy.
** One would think that she would remember signing the right papers.
* Sam on ''Series/BurnNotice'' drifted apart from his wife and eventually lost contact with her altogether. He never bothered to file for divorce because he thought, as a womanizing spy, that he wouldn't live long enough to settle down. Several decades later, his girlfriend proposes...
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': The plot of the season 6 finale. It is revealed that, while at university, Beckett married her then boyfriend during a drunken weekend in Vegas. She thought they were divorced, but he had never signed the papers. She and Castle make a desperate drive upstate to locate him and get him to sign the papers. However, things get complicated when her ex is kidnapped.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'':
** Gus.
** His best man was a goat since the whole wedding party was pretty drunk at the time. Shawn is pissed because [[CrowningMomentOfFunny ''he'' was supposed to be that goat]]!
* Mr. [=McQueen=] on ''Series/{{Popular}}''
* G.O.B. on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', explained as the logical conclusion to a series of drunken dares with a woman (played by [[RealLifeRelative Will Arnett's actual wife]] [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Amy]] [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Poehler]]) he met at a bar. The sad thing: he could have gotten it annulled if he'd just admit that he never actually had sex with the woman.
* Mimi on ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''. She was married to Eddie Money for a week. She'd been divorced; the problem was that the church she wanted to be married in refused to do the ceremony unless she got an annulment.
* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Doyle was married to some woman, which he neglected to tell Cordelia because they had seperated due to Doyle's issues with his half-demon status. Said woman came looking for a divorce as she found a new husband. She called off her new engagement though, because her demon fiancé's family would only approve of their marriage if he performed an obscure ritual that involved eating Doyle's brain. Presumably the divorce stuck since she's never seen again.
* Edward and the [[UnusualEuphemism mistake he and Kitty swore never to talk about]] in ''Series/DharmaAndGreg''. He trusted her to file the paperwork, and she... forgot. The problem is never resolved, because it turns Kitty on that she's "the other woman", effectively un-probleming it.
* Karen Darling from ''Series/DirtySexyMoney''.
* Frasier Crane was married prior to him appearing on ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', to fellow medical student Nanette Guzman. They were only married for a few months and then divorced. Years later, when Frasier was married to Lilith, Nanette reappeared as a children's entertainer called "Nanny Gee". Turns out Frasier never told Lilith about his first marriage, leading to a conflict between TheMissusAndTheEx.
--> '''Lilith''': "Oh look, it's my first husband."
** Nanette later appeared in an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', and she tried to seduce Frasier despite having remarried herself. (Incidentally, Nanette was also an example of TheOtherDarrin, being played by Creator/EmmaThompson in the ''Cheers'' episode and by [[Series/{{Roseanne}} Laurie Metcalf]] in the ''Frasier'' one.
* [[Characters/{{JAG}} Sarah 'Mac' Mackenzie]] on ''Series/{{JAG}}'' especially horrible in that she is a lawyer and US Marine officer.
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' has a fascinating twist on this. As just when Dick Solomon is about to get married The Big Giant Head decides to send a wife to him. Thus he didn't 'forget' he was married, but was suddenly forced to ret-con a wife into his life, and yes, hilarity ensues.
* On ''Series/{{Wings}}'', Helen was about to marry Joe but she forgot to divorce Antonio who she married for citizenship reasons.
* On ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' Dr. Cox and Jordan find out that they never correctly filed their divorce and so are legally still married. Being the weird couple they are, this actually ruins their sex life and puts serious strain on their relationship. At the end of the episode, Cox gets down on one knee and asks Jordan to divorce him again. They go back to being a happy, independent, royally screwed up couple after they file the paper work.
* Though not married, Craig did pull this in ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' when he was having an affair. Manny didn't want to be Craig's skank on the side, and he told her that he broke up with Ashley so that they can be together. The problem is he doesn't break up with her, and now is cheating on both girls with each other. Leading to both finding out and dumping him on the spot.
* On ''Series/{{Shameless}}'' (US) Kevin proposes to Veronica while drunk. It takes a while for him to confess to her that he never divorced his first wife. According to him she was a total psycho and he is actually in hiding from her. If he asks her for a divorce now, he fears she will kill him. Veronica is actually fine with this and [[spoiler: they have a fake wedding]] just so they don't disappoint Veronica's mother and more importantly get wedding gifts.
* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Joy tricks Earl into marrying her, by getting her friends to serve him "upside-down martinis", before driving off to Las Vegas with him. The next morning, Earl wakes up badly hungover, and spots Joy's wedding ring.
--> '''Earl''': "Oh, my God! You're married?!"
--> '''Joy''': "Yeah, sweetie. To you!"
--> '''Earl''': ''{{Beat}}'' "'Scuse me." VomitDiscretionShot
* Subverted in the ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode, "Cease Fire". The war is believed to be almost over. A nurse Hawkeye was dating asks him about what their relationship will be post-war, and he claimed to be "suffering from terminal marriage", even though he wasn't really married. And he does it several times. Hawkeye ReallyGetsAround, and after the events of that episode it's odd that anyone on the nursing staff would even talk to him again.
** Subverted again in a later episode where Charles is on leave in Tokyo and gets drunk. Photos taken during the binge show him getting married. His "wife" soon comes to visit the camp where after he finally reveals he doesn't remember anything from the evening, she explains that while inebriated he was so insistent they get married that they staged a fake wedding to appease him. They then get drunk and stage a fake divorce.
* In ''Series/MadLove'', due to a clerical error Kate turns out to be still married to her high school boyfriend she married on a dare.
* Rachel in British series ''Series/ColdFeet''. The series kicked off with her break-up with a super serious boyfriend of several years, but she immediately meets her new big love Adam. When Adam and Rachel are later moving together, he finds her marriage licence and thinks it's a just-for-fun fake thing. However, it's very real and she never got divorced, and she has no intention. She wants to live with Adam, but doesn't want to be a divorced woman. Her friends call her on it, but when she goes to meet her estranged husband to deal with it, they sleep together and she gets pregnant. Rachel and Adam eventually patch things up and get back together, but they broke up over Rachel's cheating, even though Adam wanted to forgive her.
* Subverted in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. When Ted dates Robin, he finds out she has a secret. He desperately wants to find out what it is, and his friends bet on her being married because she hates marriage and commitment, and always talk about this friend who married way too young. Robin confirms it and Ted fusses over not being a boyfriend, but a "mistress". However, they later find out she lied. Her embarrassing secret is that [[spoiler:she used to be a teen pop star in Canada.]]
* On an episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', we learn that Penny and Zack had engaged in matrimonial hijinks one drunken night in Vegas. She thought it didn't count, or wasn't real, but...
* Played with in a two-parter on ''Series/{{Batman}}''. Batman was being forced to marry Marcia, Queen Of Diamonds (long story). Before the wedding ceremony can be completed, Alfred arrived with Aunt Harriet and a fake marriage certificate saying that Harriet has been "Mrs. Batman" for the last seven years.
* In ''Series/{{Reaper}}'', Ben gets into a CitizenshipMarriage with a British girl named Sara. Shortly after that, he meets a girl named Cassidy. After a few dates, she (with some humor) points out that he forgot to take off his wedding ring. He explains the whole thing... and she likes the idea of being a mistress. After the ruse is discovered, Sara goes on the lam, leaving Ben to go to jail for a few months. Cassidy is happy that Ben will be single after doing time... but then ends up dumping him while he's still in jail.
* In ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', Joan Watson starts dating a man while Sherlock is training her to be an investigator. Sherlock urges her to do a background check on the man in case he's already married, and under protest, she does, and he is. When she confronts her date about it, he explains that it was a CitizenshipMarriage for strong humanitarian reasons... and now she has to explain why she does background checks on her dates.
* In ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', Lady Edith finds herself dating Michael Gregson, a newspaper editor. Some digging on her part then reveals that Gregson is married, to a woman who now lives in an asylum and has no idea who he is. Under English law, he can't divorce her.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Pops up whenever Vala and Tomin encounter each other during season 10 and ''Film/TheArkOfTruth''. It's unlikely that Vala actually forgets being married to Tomin at any point, but she does seem pretty convinced that it no longer "counts", while Tomin is quick to remind everyone that they are, technically, still married.
* In ''Series/OneBigHappy'', Luke discovers that Prudence had a husband in England who never signed the divorce papers. Lizzy, who brought the man over thinking he was Prudence's father, gets him to sign the papers, [[spoiler:but the incident has Luke rethinking his own marriage, questioning Prudence's intentions.]]
* In the season 2 finale of ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'', Happy turns down Toby's proposal after a season-long relationship, saying only, "I can't. I'm married to someone else. I'm sorry," and then walks out of the room. Details will likely be revealed in season 3.
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "For Richer or Poorer", Jane is puzzled when a man discovered unconscious at a murder scene has a photo of himself and Maura at a Las Vegas wedding chapel. Maura reveals that he was her college boyfriend and they got married in Vegas, before deciding the whole thing was a mistake and getting it annulled the next day. However, it turns out the lawyer handling the annulment suffered a stroke before he could submit the papers, so Maura is still legally married. At the end of the episode, she and her 'husband' get divorced.
* ''Series/HotInCleveland'': Variant - at the end of season 2, Elka Ostrovsky's wedding to her boyfriend is interrupted when her supposedly ''deceased'' husband shows up. It's later revealed he was FakingTheDead because he was a fence for the mob, which gets him arrested soon after.
* A fairly common storyline on [[SoapOpera Soap Operas]] to bring the ConflictBall into a couple's life.

* Music/RayCharles' "Mess Around", per the page quote.
* Music/ArcticMonkeys "Do the Bad Thing":
-->Do the bad thing\\
Take off that wedding ring\\
It won't make it\\
That much easier\\
It might make it worse."
* In the music-hall Cockney song "Waiting at the Church," a bride is given this reason for being jilted: "My wife won't let me."

* Medea in [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Jason and the Argonauts]] and their Quest for the [[PlotCoupon Golden Fleece]]. Jason seduces Theatre/{{Medea}} with the help of Eros, and secretly marries her at Hera's shrine. She helps him complete [[ImpossibleTask the insanely difficult tasks]] her [[SelfMadeOrphan father]]. She even kills her brother for him, to buy time for them to escape. After embarking on adventure and obtaining said Golden Fleece, they eventually arrive in Corinth, where Jason [[BerserkButton engages himself to the daughter of the king]]. [[WomanScorned Medea was not happy]] and launched a famously brutal RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Makes this trope OlderThanFeudalism, and Jason an idiot for offending his patron goddess.
* In Hawaiian Mythology, there is Aiwohikupua. He was originally from Tahiti, and he vowed that he would never marry a woman from Hawaii. He had a relationship with a Puna chiefess named Laieikawai, and they eventually got engaged. Then he sailed off to Hawaii, and he met a beautiful {{Tsundere}} named Hinaikamalama. [[spoiler: She is actually a form of the fire goddess Pele.]] He bet himself in a game of chance against Hinaikamalama, and got engaged to ''her''. They had an argument, and he sailed away to cool off and escape her temper. ''Then'' he met and became smitten with [[AnIcePerson the ice goddess Poli'ahu]], who kind of gave him a WhatTheHellHero. But she also had feelings for him, so she offered to release him from his vows, on the condition that he become ''her'' husband. They traded their capes to seal their arrangement. Aiwohikupua started the rites to break off his engagement to Laieikawai, and to prepare for the wedding to Poli'ahu. Then he ran off with Hina, and Poli'ahu attacked her and him with chills and fever, then returned home to Mauna Kea. Hinaikamalama left Aiwohikupua, and he was ostracized for his cheating ways.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In the old-school ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]]'': during her on screen marriage to Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon was drunk enough not to remember about it anything until the groom made the announcement at her wedding to Wrestling/{{Test}}. This was rendered pointless at the [=Armageddon=] PPV in December 1999, when Stephanie [[{{FaceHeelTurn}} turned heel]] on [[{{Wrestling/VinceMcMahon}} her own father]], during his match with Triple H. Incidentally [=McMahon=] and Triple H later got married in real life (the bride was sober then).

* Played with and inverted in ''Theatre/CactusFlower''. Igor guesses that Toni attempted suicide because she just found out that Julian was a married man, but Julian told her that when he first met her. The relationship-breaker for Toni is [[LiarRevealed finding out that Julian never married]].
-->"Dirty married bachelor!"

* Trace in ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'', having amnesia, fully forgets that he was married. His wife, [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=150 Saria]], does not. Later on, it turns out [[spoiler:he's NOT married anymore as Saria has been dead for years; in fact her murder at the hands of Keidran bandits was his StartOfDarkness. The woman they encountered is actually her ghost, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy who's just happy that Trace has gone back to the person he used to be.]]]]
* [[spoiler:"Sparky"]] from ''Webcomic/JuvenileDiversion'' not only forgot his wedding along with his name, but [[spoiler:mistook his dead squadmate for himself and wrote to his wife that he witnessed himself die]]. Needless to say, his wife was not pleased.
* Used as a BrickJoke in ''WebComic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld''. Denmark pronounced Sweden and Norway being civil union partners in the comic's first strip, and mentioned in the comic's third year anniversary with Norway upset Sweden forgetting it.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Donnie [=DuPre=] of ''WebVideo/DemoReel'' certainly hasn't ''forgotten'' he's married, but the emotional neglect and mistreatment on both his and his wife's part, his [[HoYay much]] [[OneTrueThreesome deeper]] [[TrueCompanions relationship]] with his team, and his heavily implied affairs with Uncle Yo and Creator/{{Egoraptor}} lead him into this territory.

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had an episode where Homer and Flanders' "Vegas wives" - two cocktail waitresses they had accidentally married several seasons earlier during a drunken bender at Caesar's Palace - reappeared long after they (and the viewers) had forgotten about them. The local judge ruled that polygamy, or "Mormon Hold-Em" was legal in Nevada and therefore Homer and Ned had to support both wives.
** Well, Homer did. Ned's "real" wife had died by this point, so he just had to try to be a good husband to his new one. (Un)fortunately, she quickly grew tired of his squeaky-clean lifestyle and ran for the hills.
** Also of note: Homer got rid of his Vegas wife by [[spoiler:tricking her into marrying Grandpa]], which apparently works like an automatic annulment in [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield whatever state Springfield is in]].
* Done hilariously on ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo''. One season ended with Jane, the love of Lumpus' life, getting engaged to the next guy who walked up: some old man. A season later, they almost got married---but in the middle of the wedding, his other three wives complained. His excuse? Senility.

[[folder: RealLife]]
* This may come up with one's religious practices. For example, a Catholic may get legally divorced, but may discover years later that they need to qualify for an annulment to remarry in the Church. Traditional Jews have similar practices; there is even a specific term, ''agunah,'' for a woman whose husband has not yet divorced her, however long they have been apart.
** In Ancient times, Jews with jobs that required long and dangerous travel (such as soldiers, sailors, and caravaners) had a custom of leaving a certificate of divorce behind to be opened after a certain date, to spare their wives this inconvenience.
* May be a borderline case, but in his ''Psychopathology of Everyday Life'', Sigmund Freud related an anecdote of a recently-married woman who was walking around Vienna with a friend of hers, and pointed to a man across the street, saying, "Look, there's Mr. X!" Mr. X, of course, was her new husband. The husband and wife had a good laugh over that story later, but Freud felt a chill when he first heard it. As he predicted, their marriage ended badly.
* In Hamilton, Ontario, there is a section of a street called "Hess Village" - the entire run is cobbled and covered in pubs and bars. And a wedding chapel. They actually have a sign in the window saying they don't do drunk weddings.
* In ''Married by America'' was a discovery that one of the contestants was already married; she tried to justify going on the show by saying it was an impulsive Vegas marriage and she and the man broke up soon afterwards and never actually lived together, but the fact that neither ever bothered to annul it got her kicked off anyway.
* While people don't tend to forget they are married without amnesia or something of the kind, it is quite common to make some mistake in filing the divorce papers, and then not finding out the divorce was invalid until one party tries to remarry.
* During his Presidential campaign of 1828, Andrew Jackson's wife was accused of bigamy. She had separated from her first (and abusive) husband in 1790, and both she and Jackson ''thought'' she was divorced. She wasn't. They got matters straightened out in 1794, but if you think that minor detail wouldn't make any difference you don't know American politics.
** The scandal probably contributed to Rachel Jackson's early death, as bigamy (on a woman's part, at least) was considered no better than whoredom.
* Creator/JaneaneGarofalo recently revealed that for the past twenty years she was married to producer Creator/RobCohen of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' (see above under Live Action TV) and forgot about it: more to the point, they didn't know their drive thru Vegas wedding counted in the eyes of the law. They recently divorced so Cohen could marry his new paramour, though the IRS might give them both a headache.