Can A Kohain marry a woman who had a reform/conservative rabbi officiate her wedding.. but she was divorced by an orthodox rabbi.

Thank you so much in advance

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    Unfortunately I have to vote to close, as this appears to be a personal request for Halachic ruling, which we cannot provide here. It's an interesting question, though. If you fleshed it out a bit and made it less personal I'd vote to re-open (assuming it does get closed). The question seems to be whether it's the marriage or the divorce that matters, and whether a just-in-case divorce has the same ramifications as a regular divorce.
    – Seth J
    Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 16:13
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    Brian, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks very much for bringing up this interesting question! To expand on what @SethJ said, if this is a practical question, it really needs to go to a rabbi who can investigate all the particulars of the situation. However, the question posted here could be edited into a more general theoretical question that it would be interesting for us to discuss here.
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 16:22
  • If I am not mistaking there is a Teshuva in the Igros Moshe regarding such. Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 17:10
  • Just because it was reform/conservative doesn't mean it was an invalid wedding. It depends on the particulars, which is why the other comments are advising you to speak to a Rabbi. The Rabbi who performed the divorce would be an excellent choice - he would know if he was doing a divorce "just in case" or because it was a valid marriage.
    – Ariel
    Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 23:14
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    @Ariel Even a "just in case" get will likely forbid her from a kohein, both because of safek deoraita lechumra and because of reiach haget.
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 11:41

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It appears from the Rambam (הלכות גירושין פרק י :כ-כ"ב) and other places that once a couple behaves as husband & wife, then they need a Get to become divorced - and permitted to marry other people.

As a result, their divorce as a real one, and would disqualify her from marrying a Cohen.

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