DEAR ABBY: My darling and I were married six weeks ago. His lawyer told him that his divorce from his first wife was final, and he was just waiting for the papers to come back, so we went ahead and got married.
Now it turns out the lawyer did not even submit the papers to the judge until a couple of days ago! What do I do? Who do I talk to? We want to be remarried as soon as possible. Does the marriage need to be voided through the courthouse, or can we just redo the ceremony? I have no clue even where to begin.
I cannot ask his lawyer because the last time we did, he said he would "take care of it." I no longer trust him. I think he is just telling us what he thinks we want to hear. -- MARRIED? IN ARKANSAS
DEAR MARRIED?: You are right not to trust him. Your "husband's" lawyer could be guilty of malpractice. He has turned the man you "married" from a law-abiding citizen into a bigamist.
The place to begin is your state bar association. Contact it and request a referral to an attorney who's on the up-and-up. I'm sure the association will be glad to provide one -- and to know that one of its members is a disgrace to the profession. Please don't wait; do it now.