Can I divorce him for bigamy in New York?

Aug 8, 2012 by


I just found out that my husband of 19 years has married another woman in Mexico and goes there every three months he has a second life. Can I divorce him for bigamy? (I’m in NY)

New York


Absolutely. There is not a state in the country that allows bigamy. Bigamy is a criminal offense and carries specific penalties. You will need to prove that the bigamy exists to the court of jurisdiction in your area and it will be considered sufficient grounds for divorce. Even if a state doesn’t specifically list bigamy as a ground for divorce, the fact that it is illegal is enough to show that any such affected marriage is “irreconcilable” at the very least. – The Team Wendy Jaffe and can only provide general information about divorce. DO NOT RELY ON MS. JAFFE’S ADVICE ALONE. Before acting on information provided by Ms. Jaffe or by, talk to an attorney first about your particular facts and the law of your state. By submitting your question to, you are not creating an attorney/client relationship with Ms. Jaffe or with any of the other attorneys listed on this site.

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