Potential bigamy charges make divorce sound like better option

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Family Law on Thursday, May 3, 2012.

For most people, a divorce is a really stressful time that can cause a lot of disagreement between couples. However, in some cases, a divorce may be especially needed. For one Texas woman who may soon be facing bigamy charges for allegedly being simultaneously married to four different men, she may be wishing that she had divorced her husbands when she still had a chance.

The husbands found each other after the wife purportedly left them in a similar state: financially ruined. Their shared wife, a 31-year-old woman, apparently came into their lives several years ago. After meeting her, each married her, presumably thinking that love was here to stay. However, within a couple of months, the wife left and allegedly moved on to another husband. After finding several other men just like them, the men came forward and reported her to the police.

An investigation is currently underway to determine whether the woman applied for a divorce or annulment for any of the marriages. However, one of her husbands seriously doubts it and claims that she is a scam artist. Though he admits that he loved her while they were together, after she allegedly put him $20,000 in debt, stole most of what he owned, totaled his car and then subsequently abandoned him after he became homeless, his current feelings are understandably strained.

In Texas, a bigamy charge is a very serious felony charge that can lead to strict penalties. While no charges have been made yet, it may be that police will issue one formally after their investigation. Whether or not the woman is a scam artist remains to be seen and will have to await the results of an investigation by the Gregg County district attorney.

For those who are married and wish to start over again, a formal divorce is first required before the law permits another marriage. While there may be people looking to skirt the issue, for whatever reason, those who no longer want to share their life with their spouse would be well served by handling the matter within the bounds of the law.

Source: KLTV, “Man says wife married to 3 other men simultaneously,” Bob Hallmark, April 26, 2012

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