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How do I go about reporting bigamy

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How do I go about reporting bigamy?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Attorney & Mediator replied 8 years ago.
Bigamy is a criminal offense so it would need to be reported to the police and/or the district attorneys office. Below are the criminal statutes for your review.

18-6-201. Bigamy.


(1) Any married person who, while still married, marries or cohabits in this state with another commits bigamy, unless as an affirmative defense it appears that at the time of the cohabitation or subsequent marriage:

(a) The accused reasonably believed the prior spouse to be dead; or

(b) The prior spouse had been continually absent for a period of five years during which time the accused did not know the prior spouse to be alive; or

(c) The accused reasonably believed that he was legally eligible to remarry.

(2) Bigamy is a class 6 felony.



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18-6-202. Marrying a bigamist.


Any unmarried person who knowingly marries or cohabits with another in this state under circumstances known to him which would render the other person guilty of bigamy under the laws of this state commits marrying a bigamist, which is a class 2 misdemeanor.



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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you for that answer. My next question is, what do I need to do when I go to report this? What information do I need to have?
Expert:  Attorney & Mediator replied 8 years ago.
First, sorry for that computer gibberish that posted, seems like a program glitch.

You need to establish the elements as set forth in the statute. You would be asked how do you know they are still married, how do you know if they have married the new person, where they made any admissions to you about them still being married. The police/DA would then be able to pull marriage records to confirm what you have told them, unless you already have the records for them to review.



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