bigamy | Definition


In the context of criminal law, bigamy is the act of marrying someone while still being legally married to someone else. Bigamy is a crime in most countries and is generally punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.

In order to be convicted of bigamy, the prosecution must prove that the defendant knowingly and intentionally entered into a marriage while already being legally married to someone else. It is not necessary for the prosecution to prove that the defendant intended to deceive or defraud anyone.

Bigamy is often considered a serious crime, as it involves the violation of a basic societal institution and can have serious legal and personal consequences for the people involved. It can also have negative effects on any children of the marriage and can cause confusion and conflict within families.

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