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I married a same sex partner in Canada in 2003. We split up

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I married a same sex partner in Canada in 2003. We split up in 2006. I live in Oregon, which does not recognize gay marriage. Would I be guilty of bigamy if I remarried an ex-husband in the state of Oregon without a divorce from same sex partner? Canada requires a one year residency before divorce may be granted.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Do you require more information? I am unable to see a specific request for additional information.

Hello again. No, I don't need any additional information at this time. Here is your answer:

Pursuant to OR law, a person commits the crime of bigamy if the person knowingly marries or purports to marry another person at a time when either is lawfully married. Here is a link to the statute:

Since the state does not recognize same-sex marriage as valid, you would not typically be violating the state's law prohibiting bigamy if you were to remarry without getting a divorce.

The problem may come later, if you move to a state which does recognize same-sex marriages as valid. In that state, you could potentially be charged with bigamy if married to two different individuals.

Because of this potential risk, it would normally be best to seek a dissolution or annulment of the first marriage before remarrying.

I hope this helps clarify the situation for you. Please remember to rate my service once you have all the information you need. If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. Thank you!


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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The information supplied states that I may ask another question if I need to do so. I have asked twice about Canadian laws regarding annulment and cannot see that any of these emails have been received by you.


Hello again,

I cannot communicate by e-mail but only through this forum based on the sites policies. I will inform them that you have had difficulty responding to me. My apologies for that.

Unfortunately, I am not a Canada law attorney, but the site does have a Canada Family law category to which you can address that question. If you post a new question as you did the original family law question that I took, but in the Canada Family Law category, an attorney familiar with the laws of that country should be able to assist you.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you Tina. You have been a big help.

You are very welcome and all the best to you!

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