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Bigamy UK

If you are seeking advice on bigamy UK, please get in contact with our criminal defence team. At Bloomsbury Law, we provide a bespoke service to advise you on all your criminal defence, litigation and other legal requirements. For a tailor made service on all criminal defence matters, call us at Bloomsbury Law on 0207 998 7777 for a free initial consultation or contact us via email so we may arrange a call back.

British law prohibits bigamy, meaning that a person, who is married in England or Ireland, or elsewhere, is not allowed to enter into a new marriage while the former husband or wife is still alive. The law states that if any person whilst being married shall marry any other person during the life of the former husband or wife, whether the second marriage shall have taken place in England or Ireland or elsewhere, that person will be guilty of an offence.

At Bloomsbury Law, we appreciate that in many countries such as Afghanistan and Indonesia they do in fact allow and regularly practice polygamy. People who have legally married multiple partners in their own countries and come to the UK will not be charged with bigamy unless they marry again in the UK.

As with many laws, bigamy laws have exceptions. For example, if you have not heard from your partner for 7 years and are unsure if they are alive, you will not be charged with bigamy if you marry someone else. Others exceptions include when you genuinely thought your marriage had dissolved. It is clear that there can be many scenarios which may give rise to a defence of bigamy and it is crucial to contact a solicitor to receive advice.

If you have been charged with bigamy, it is important that you seek qualified legal advice as soon as possible. A bigamy sentence can be up to 7 years or a fine or both. The law is very strict when it comes to rules regarding the family unit and it is crucial to be aware of any potential cultural difference which may cause confusion if you are new to the United Kingdom. If you are looking for legal advice, please get in contact with one of our top criminal defence specialists. Our top London solicitors are experienced in dealing with these types of cases and will assist you with professionalism and confidence in every step of the process.

Recent changes to Legal Aid have meant that funding is now very limited for criminal cases, we do not feel that it is possible to represent clients to the standard that we would think is necessary and therefore, we do not therefore offer Legal Aid.

What do I do next?

Contact us online or speak to one of our dedicated specialists on 0207 998 7777 for a free initial consultation. With our vast experience in the field, our bilingual speaking team will work with you to ensure this process runs as smooth as possible. All information you provide us with is treated with the utmost confidentiality.

We will contact you no later than the next working day to arrange a meeting at our offices in London W1 to advise on the agreement.

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