Years ago I moved in with my boyfriend. I did not just want to live with him; I wanted to get married. But he refused, wanting to wait until he was further along in his schooling.
He did, however, consent to marry “on paper” before a judge in order to secure residence status in the United States (he was not a United States citizen). With that reasoning only, we got married, never publicly acknowledging our “marriage.”
My understanding was that this “paper” marriage would eventually lead to a “real” marriage. Thereafter, we obtained separate residences, and our relationship did not progress as planned. My “husband” has never recognized our marriage as legitimate, and no longer desires to marry me. Recently, my husband filed for divorce and dissolved our “paper” marriage.
Were we indeed married in the eyes of God?
If so, was that considered a biblical divorce, allowing me to remarry? If not, what place does that leave me in?