"It's unusual that they actually pull the trigger and get married," he told ABCNews.com.
"He's not going to be that silly to go through with it," Lynn France said she remembered thinking at the time. "Then we saw the pictures of the ceremony on Facebook."
In January 2009, the messy relationship finally landed in court. John France filed a domestic violence charge against Lynn France, and Lynn France filed for divorce.
"The allegation was that [John France] and his kids were being held a gunpoint by [Lynn France]," said Rich, one of Lynn France's attorneys. "We proved that to be untrue."
After John France lost that case, Rich said, he tried to win back Lynn France. She started to believe him when he allegedly said he wanted to end his relationship with the other woman and, in turn, fix their relationship.
"I wanted to believe that he'd changed," Lynn France said. "He did show me documents from attorneys saying, 'We're working on your annulment with Amanda.'"
The annulment apparently never happened.
Nevertheless, Lynn France told ABCNews.com that she agreed to drop the divorce case against the advice of her attorneys. She said she and John France moved back in together in June 2009 and their relationship seemed to have been mended.
"Everything was good until about March 26 of this year," Lynn France said. "He actually had taken the kids then and went to Florida for a few weeks."
Williams, John France's attorney, said his client filed a paternity action in Florida early this spring in order to establish custody legally over the two children.
"Any time you have two parties who jointly have children who are not going to live together ... then you need some sort of court order to establish who has custody of the children," Williams told ABCNews.com. Lynn France said John France had taken the children to his home in Florida, where she said he lives with his new wife, Amanda France.
She said John France later returned to her home in Ohio with the children and asked her to sign a document saying they were not married that also would have granted him shared custody of their children. She refused to sign.
One day, while Lynn France was washing the breakfast dishes, John France ran out of the door with the children and fled in his car, which had been running in the driveway, she said.
"The police met me at the airport and he was not registered on any flights," she said.
She said she even filed a report with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Neither John France nor his attorney could be immediately reached for comment on Lynn France's allegations.
She said she hasn't seen her children in weeks, except for online.
"I've been watching on Facebook," Lynn France said. "This is where they are. That's how I've seen the children."
Now, she has again filed for divorce and accused her husband of bigamy.
"Lynn has known that Mr. France remarried since he remarried," Williams said. "Ms. France in Ohio never had any problem with [the remarriage] until after he filed a paternity action."
A successful paternity action would enable John France to seek at least partial custody of the children. Normally, marriage would serve that purpose.
The legal battle is just beginning over whether or not John and Lynn France were or are married, or who will have custody over their two young children.
"I'm just trying as a mom to do everything I can to get the kids," Lynn France said. "To them, it's just like this mockery joke. To me, it's heart wrenching."