I appreciate all of the comments and advice posted in these forums. I cannot find another post that addresses my specific situation. Any thoughts and guidance would be most welcome.
My 1st husband and I were married in a Protestant ceremony years ago when we were very young. We were divorced after 10 years. Each of us remarried in Protestant ceremonies several years later. He remained married to his 2nd wife until his recent death. My 2nd husband and I were divorced within 2 years .
After 30+ years, I now am engaged to a Catholic man, a widower from his one marriage, and we plan to marry in the near future. We would like to marry in the Catholic Church, or at least have our marriage blessed by the Church.
I have been told that my first marriage is no longer an impediment because of his death. Since my 2nd marriage and divorce took place before my 1st husband’s death, would that 2nd marriage be viewed as invalid by the Church or did that 2nd marriage become an impediment upon my 1st husband’s death? In other words, when my 1st husband died, did my 2nd marriage "become" valid and would now be considered an impediment to our being married in the Church?
I'm pretty sure that the 2nd marriage was viewed as invalid before his death, but I cannot determine if that status changed when my 1st husband passed away. If it remains invalid, I believe the Ligamen process would be the proper course to have the 2nd marriage nullified, correct? We plan to work through our parish Priest through the formal process, but we're trying to learn a few things beforehand.
Thank you for any responses.