Is my marriage still binding in us

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Is my marriage still binding in us

I just learned that my
husband married someone
else in egypt… we were
married in the us in
2011…
How does his new marriage
affect my marital status

Asked on July 23, 2016 under Family Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

His new marriage does not affect your marital status at all: in U.S. law, once someone is married, they remain married until the marriage is legally dissolved by a divorce or annulment. A second "marriage" which occurs while someone is still married to another spouse in U.S. law doesn't exist--it is void. In the U.S., you are his wife, with all the rights, etc. of being one; his new "wife," in U.S. law, is just an adulterous girlfriend.
(If you need advice about Egyptian law, you will need to consult an Egyptian attorney.)
As to what to do next: speak with a family law attorney about whether it makes sense to initiate a divorce so as to get assets and support from him, or whether in your situation, it is better to just remain legally married regardless of what is going on in Egypt.


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