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§ 5-26-201 - Bigamy.

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5-26-201.Bigamy.(a)A person commits bigamy if, being married, he or she purports to marry another person.(b)It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this section that at the time of the alleged offense the actor:(1)Reasonably believed that the prior spouse was dead;(2)Hadlived apart from the prior spouse for five (5) consecutive yearsthroughout which time the prior spouse was not known to the actor to bealive;(3)Reasonably believed that a court had ordered a valid termination or annulment of the prior marriage; or(4)Otherwise reasonably believed that the actor was legally eligible to marry.(c)Bigamy is a Class A misdemeanor.
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  • 5-26-201. Bigamy.

    (a) A person commits bigamy if, being married, he or she purports to marry another person.

    (b) It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this section that at the time of the alleged offense the actor:

    (1) Reasonably believed that the prior spouse was dead;

    (2) Had lived apart from the prior spouse for five (5) consecutive years throughout which time the prior spouse was not known to the actor to be alive;

    (3) Reasonably believed that a court had ordered a valid termination or annulment of the prior marriage; or

    (4) Otherwise reasonably believed that the actor was legally eligible to marry.

    (c) Bigamy is a Class A misdemeanor.

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