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Questions about Polygamy Laws

Polygamy is a family unit that consists of one person married to multiple spouses at the same time. The act of polygamy is illegal in the United States but is still practiced in many parts of the world. Even with polygamy being a crime, many people continue to marry multiple spouses. When discovered, polygamy can come as a shattering blow to the person affected. It also can have far reaching legal implications. Family Lawyers on JustAnswer frequently answer questions related to laws governing polygamy. Take a look at the top five polygamy questions answered on JustAnswer.

Are there different forms of polygamy?

There are three forms of polygamy. Polygyny, which is a family unit consisting of one man with multiple wives; polyandry, where the family unit consists of one woman and multiple husbands; and group marriage, which is a family unit consisting of multiple husbands and multiple wives.

Is it illegal for a person to have multiple spouses and what is the penalty for this?

In the United States, it is illegal for anyone to have more than one spouse at a time. A person who marries multiple individuals at a time would be seen to have committed the crime of polygamy and also perjury by way of lying on subsequent marriage licenses. Both these crimes are felonies and they both can result in jail time.

Is polygamy legal in the United States?

Polygamy is not legal in the United States. If a person marries two or more people, the subsequent marriages are not recognized. Polygamy is considered a crime and the perpetrator of the crime can be legally prosecuted.

Can a wife file against her husband for practicing polygamy if he has another wife in another country?

Polygamy marriage is a felony in the United States. The actions of the person who marries more than one spouse will determine whether or not they have committed polygamy. If a person is already married in another country and remarries in the United States or any other country, it could be considered to be polygamy and the person can be prosecuted in the United States. However, if the person is married by a procedure other than a legal procedure or ceremony, then it may not be considered polygamy but might be considered adultery. As a wife with a polygamous husband, if you are unsure of your legal rights, you can ask Family Lawyers on JustAnswer for their expert legal insights.

Is there any legal arrangement comparable to polygamy?

There could be legal arrangements that can be entered into, that are comparable to polygamy as long as each party gives their informed consent, and no more than two people try to enter a legal marriage. Three or more people can purchase a home together, share bank accounts and be authorized signatories on credit cards. Each party involved can draft a will leaving his/her property to the other parties, to be divided equally in the event of his death. If there are children between any two parties, they can have paperwork drawn up stating who would get the child custody in the event of his/her death. However, these agreements do not constitute marriage.

Since these agreements do not constitute a marriage, they would not entitle you to any state or federal benefits that a married couple are allowed. You may have issues with insurance companies due to the fact that most insurance companies will only ensure a spouse or domestic partner. Hospital visitations may also pose to be a problem.

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Recent Polygamy Laws Questions

  • Also, should I file the contempt in New Hampshire since nothing

    Also, should I file the contempt in New Hampshire since nothing has been "heard" in Massachusetts (until January 13th)? or should I file in Mass so it gets heard on the 13th as well?
  • For Lucy, Esq.: Hi Lucy, I have a few questions around

    For Lucy, Esq.:
    Hi Lucy,
    I have a few questions around a potential contempt claim I want to file. There is a hearing set for January 13th about his request for reduction in child support and my counterclaims. I am pretty sure that January 1st he will not pay child support (or pay the reduced amount that he thinks he should pay), so if that happens, I want to file a contempt order for that (because he's in violation of the decree until a judge rules on the reduction) and the items listed below. In addition, Do you think it'll be good to add to the contempt list something like: Ex refuses to communicate unless it's via email/text, even then a lot/most of my messages are ignored, making it nearly impossible to co-parent with him:
    a) He won't have a civil conversation with me regarding the children
    b) He puts me down in front of them
    c) He manipulates them/ they are afraid of something to the point that if I'm in the same room with Ex and children (especially my son), he acts like a robot and hardly acknowledges I'm in the same room and/or doesn't follow what I tell him to do (he pretty much ignores what I tell him and only listens to his dad. so I pretty much get the same treatment my ex gives me from my own son)
    d) whatever I say to children, Ex changes rules, undermines me in front of them and when I'm not around
    Because of all the points mentioned above, I'm extremely concerned my children will suffer more than they have already and it will be very difficult to raise them and teach them discipline, etc
    I'm going to look for a therapist for both because the damage is obvious, but in the mean time, should I mention something in the contempt?
    Here are the other things I would like to add to the contempt and would like your feedback on adding them:
    1) Extracurricular activities (bringing them during his time which he rarely does and is stated in the divorce decree that he needs to do, but tough to prove)
    2) Not being notified of substantial changes as stated in the decree (I think he got married, but how do I prove that?)
    3) Timeliness of CS payments and direct deposit (he rarely pays on the 1st and sometimes as late as the 7th or 8th and hasn't been direct deposit since the first couple payments)
    4) Uninsured health expenses in support order to be split 50/50. He is not paying his share (I have an itemized list that he has owed me for 6 months or more).
    5) Clarification and enforcement of third party needed to resolve disagreements about parenting issues which was stated in the agreement but he refuses to do. (this is related to the above question about how the children are treated and I am in front of them, etc.)
    6) Payment of my daughter's school within 90 days of final divorce decree (was ordered in the decree). He has not paid them and it is causing issues with me and the school (over $4,500 and it's been since April of this year when the 90 day clock started).
    Thanks!
  • For Lucy, Esq: Hi Lucy, I would like to know if I have

    For Lucy, Esq:
    Hi Lucy,
    I would like to know if I have any recourse regarding insurance my ex is now providing for my kids through his "partner". He is expecting me to pay all expenses until the deductible ($2000) is met (unless of course he or his partner has paid for something towards their deductible which they haven't yet). He lost his job, so he has access to Mass Health which does not have a deductible and has very low medication costs. Now, I have to spend more than $500 for medication that both kids need because the deductible hasn't been met. The language says that it's the obligors responsibility to provide for the children "continuing" and that unreimbursed medical expenses should be split 50/50. Does that apply to the deductible? Since I had no say in the insurance going under his partner and since me paying towards the deductible helps her out because she doesn't have to pay her deductible, is there anything wrong with that and anything I can do about that? Thanks. I'll ask another question separately since it's a different issue...
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