'I got divorced in 1990, but Home Affairs says I'm still married to my ex'

Bride-to-be Cathy Rindel has found love again and should be enjoying the planning for her wedding later this year.

However, according to Home Affairs records, she's still married to her ex-husband.

Her first marriage ended in 1990, but Cathy has had a difficult time getting Home Affairs officials to help her register this.

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She says it has been a roller coaster of "insanity and frustration" since she first made the discovery last year.

She's made dozens of phone calls, sent numerous emails, she's taken her divorce decree and ID document twice, and says nothing has changed.

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Cathy's wedding is set for 22 September and she can't apply for a marriage license or draw up a marriage contract while she is still legally regarded as married to someone else.

My attorney filed the papers with the Home Affairs office [back in 1990]. My ex-husband's status is correct and says divorced.

Cathy Rindel

My marital status, alarmingly, came back as married.

Cathy Rindel

They acknowledge and accept that he [my ex-husband] is divorced, but I'm still married. It doesn't make sense.

Cathy Rindel

A year down the line, and I'm still battling to get this corrected on the system.

Cathy Rindel

Take a listen to her share her story:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'I got divorced in 1990, but Home Affairs says I'm still married to my ex'


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