Florida Divorce Lawyer Russell D. Knight Explains Bigamy and Divorce in Florida
August 23, 2022 at 19:17
Florida divorce lawyer Russell D. Knight releases a new article (https://divorceattorneynaplesfl.com/bigamy-and-divorce-in-florida/) explaining bigamy and divorce in Florida. The lawyer explains that bigamy is the act of going through a marriage ceremony while already married to another person. Under Florida Law, bigamy is a crime and a factor that may impact a divorce.
According to the Florida divorce lawyer, “If you’re already married and you marry someone else in addition to your first spouse, in Florida, you have committed a third-degree felony which is punishable by a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison. Most “bigamists” are not actively marrying multiple people on purpose. They usually fall within the exceptions to the crime and are, therefore, not felons.”
The lawyer explains that it can be quite common for people to have married someone else before and presume that the spouse they have not heard of is either dead or has divorced them. This can be true for people who have been previously married in a foreign country. The key is that the belief in the death or divorce of your former spouse must be “reasonable.”
Attorney Russell Knight says that the person who marries the bigamist is not free from criminal charges if they know that their spouse is already married. The same exceptions can apply to the person who marries the bigamist so a reasonable belief that the previous marriage is now invalid will be sufficient to avoid criminal culpability.
In the article, attorney Knight adds, “Bigamy can get prosecuted in Florida. When a crime gets reported in Florida, the police will investigate and the state’s attorney will file charges. In the case of bigamy, an upset husband or wife is very likely to report the crime of bigamy.”
Lastly, the Florida divorce lawyer emphasizes the importance of having a skilled lawyer when it comes to matters such as alimony and asset division. Having an experienced attorney may be able to help the client understand their rights and responsibilities in the case.
About The Law Office of Russell Knight
The Law Office of Russell Knight was established in 2009 by the divorce attorney Russell D. Knight. The lawyer’s love for family law is demonstrated by the numerous articles personally written by the lawyer. Russell is a licensed lawyer throughout Florida and Illinois. The attorney has a legal practice in both states and employs an entire staff of paralegals and attorneys in the two states of Chicago, Illinois, and Naples, Florida. Contact them today at (239) 202-0455.
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