Divorce does not solve marriage license problem
Divorce is not an answer to the problem you got yourself into when you applied for a State marriage license:
Divorce: The legal separation of man and wife, effected by the judgement or decree of a court, and either totally dissolving the marriage relation, or suspending its effects so far as concerns the cohabitation of the parties. (Black's Law Dictionary, 7th Ed.)
The purpose of civil divorce is to:
- Permanently terminate marital relations.
- Permanently terminate the relationship of husband and wife.
- Permanently terminate cohabitation and legally affect a permanent separation.
- Adjudicate the custody rights and visitation arrangements of the children.
- Adjudicate the distribution of marital property.
- Adjudicate monetary child support.
- Adjudicate alimony.
A civil divorce gets the state positively involved with your marriage forever.
State divorce is not the cleanest way to get out of the marriage license trap.
State divorce is pouring gasoline on a fire.
Make a new common law marriage covenant like the one available here, in writing and witnessed, and never use the marriage license for anything ever again.
Burn any copies of your marriage license that you can get your hands on.