Is a Catholic marriage between two baptized Catholic valid although one of the persons lied about the couple already having been married legally and that the ceremony would be a convalidation of a previous legal marriage? This is a strange situation I encountered. One of the marrying partners thought that the Catholic ceremony would be serving for both the religious and legal marriage. The other person knew that this was not the case and for some reason, lied to the priest and claimed that they had been married in another country legally and just wanted to convalidate the legal marriage. The person must have gotten a false marriage document to show the priest. Life went on...until one day the naive partner found out he was never married legally and the the woman had made such a claim. The marriage itself lasted about five years but the man did not legally divorced the woman because they had a child and he wanted them to be covered by his health plan.
However, many years later he needed a copy of the legal marriage and that is when he found out. That's what he got for working hard and leaving the marriage arrangements to the woman. Unbelievable but true.
Given that, there can not be a legal divorce as there never was a legal marriage. What is the standing of the Catholic Church in such an incredible situation?