Woman gets married second time without being divorced from first husband

Question ID: 19412

May ALLAH bless us all,

I am looking for an answer to this problem, one of my friend’s mother left the house saying to the family that she has found a job in an NGO and would soon be moving at the new workplace. She left the house and did not tell her husband and kids where she had gone. She has been married for 39 years to her husband.
Later, we got to know that she had ran away with a boy of maybe 24-25 years and they got married secretly and she told the boy that she was 37 years old and was divorced with 2 small kids.
Infact, her real age is 55 years and she has 6 kids, of which the daughters are married and even they have their kids, meaning she is a grandmother.
Anyways, the boy’s family lodged a complaint that he has been kidnapped and soon the police came to my friend’s home and met his father and told them about the boy, that they have traced phone calls resulting to this address. Then my friend’s father explained to them that my wife had gone to this certain NGO and he was not aware of any kidnapping. The police left and said they would investigate and track them…..
After a couple of days, the police caught the 2, where both of them showed their marriage certificate and she said she was a divorced woman.
Now, my friend’s father is really tensed and is wanting to divorce her for this act and for cheating and second marriage.
Kindly guide, in view of islam, JazakALLAH-al-khair.

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Asked on August 22, 2014 12:44 pm
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The woman in question is not as yet divorced. She is still married. Her so-called second 'marriage' is not even legal in Shariat. Your friend's father has sufficient grounds to divorce.

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Answered on August 22, 2014 12:44 pm