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legality of 2 marriages?

Discussion in 'Marriage, Engagement, Domestic Partnerships' started by secrecyguy, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. secrecyguy

    secrecyguy Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I know someone who is married to a guy in another country but they been separated for many years. The reason they never got a divorce is she have lots to gain if he end up dying. I think the reason he never got a divorce is he probably still love her.

    So what happens if she got married again with another guy in USA without getting a divorce? Or is it still better for her to get a divorce first?
     
  2. Highwayman

    Highwayman Well-Known Member

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    It's called "bigamy" and it's a crime.

    It's best to mind your own business.
     
  3. secrecyguy

    secrecyguy Law Topic Starter New Member

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    ok. Thanks!
     
  4. zddoodah

    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    So...are you the married woman or the new guy whom she wants to marry?

    Then she will be a bigamist. "Every person having a spouse living, who marries . . . any other person, . . . is guilty of bigamy." Cal. Penal Code section 281(a).

    "Bigamy is punishable by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or in the state prison." PC 283.

    Also, since she would be unable to acquire a marriage license without lying about the prior marriage, she would almost certainly also commit the crime of perjury.

    The only legal way for her to marry someone else is to divorce her current husband.
     

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