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Businessman in Grand Prairie, Texas, arrested for bigamy

In addition to taking an emotional and financial toll on all parties involved, the end of a marriage can present intricate legal issues. Certain cases painfully illustrate the complexities that might arise in disputes involving family law issues. Earlier this month a Grand Prairie businessman was arrested after allegedly having two wives at the same time.

On the day of his second wedding, the 38-year-old man reportedly failed to let his new bride know he was still married to his first wife. However, not only had he told his second wife that he had received a divorce in 2009 but he had also allegedly given her forged divorce papers to support his story. Sources state that although the man filed for divorce from his first spouse on his second wedding day, he failed to appear in court as required, and therefore the divorce never became final.

Meanwhile, the first wife had no clue that her husband had married another woman let alone filed for divorce. Only after the new wife became suspicious and called the first spouse was the bigamous scheme revealed. The first wife asserted that her signature on the false divorce papers had been forged. In October of this year, the businessman was arrested for bigamy, which is a third-degree felony in Texas.

The issues in divorce may be numerous and complicated. People often need guidance through this difficult situation and should seek information about their rights to decide on any further course of action. In this case, the man appears to have delayed dealing with a situation that could've been resolved in a much more efficient and legal manner.

Source: United Press International, "Texas man arrested for bigamy,"  Oct. 18, 2012

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