Dictionary of Legal Terms

Bigamy

Having more than one wife or more than one husband at the same time. A married person who knowingly enters into another marriage is a bigamist. Bigamy is a crime that automatically makes any later marriage(s) invalid. Ohio law permits the injured party to get a divorce or annulment, which confirms the invalidity of the marriage and helps to resolve questions of property or support. See annulment, divorce.




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