if my husband is legally married and marreid me is our marriage legal

Asked on May 31, 2009 under Family Law, Indiana


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Indiana Code 35-46-1-2 - Bigamy:

(a) A person who, being married and knowing that his spouse is alive, marries again commits bigamy, a Class D felony.

(b) It is a defense that the accused person reasonably believed that he was eligible to remarry.

Indiana labels this a "crime against the family."  This is a crime against the family because  marriage is deemed to be a contract between two people; if you marry more than one person then you are breaching that contract with one (or both) of your spouses.  Thus, the victim is one, or both, of your spouses.

The new marriage is void.


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