In 1940 Ireland, can a woman marry a divorcee from the USA?
posted 3 years ago
My questions arise from a scenario in Finnegans Wake by James Joyce, published in 1939, and hence pertain to Irish and US divorce law around or before 1939.
I understand that at this time divorce was illegal in Ireland and difficult in the USA.
In the mid 20th century, divorce was considered to be against the public interest, and civil courts refused. The exceptions to grand divorce were limited to cases when one party to the marriage had betrayed the "innocent spouse." Thus, a spouse suing for divorce in most states
had to show a "fault" such as abandonment, cruelty, incurable mental illness, or adultery.
In Ireland at this time, could a woman marry a man who is legally divorced in the USA for one of the above reasons?"