Bigamy is a crime, although the laws vary between states. From my quick review I saw that there are some unique nuances to New York law governing bigamy, so you should see a family lawyer licensed in the state to discuss the matter. You may then (on their advice) bring the attention to the attention of the law.
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It is the crime of bigamy. But in 29 years of practice in NYS I have never heard of anyone being arrested for it.
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Your best option is to simply pursue a divorce.
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I have represented wives in both a bigamy matter and one where there was no civil license, only a religious ceremony. Even without a civil ceremony or marriage license, NYS law will recognize a marriage that was entered pursuant to a valid religious ceremony. While bigamy is technically a crime, I have not heard of anyone being arrested for it. The bigamous marriage is technically void. Your next step should be to commence an action for divorce.
His 2nd marriage is void as he is still legally married to you. My advice to you is to move forward on the divorce, and go after him for equitable distribution, support, or any other relief that you are entitled to as a result of your 23 year marriage.
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Leta Liou, Esq.
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