I am sorry you have to deal with this unpleasant discovery. I think you should first determine whether your marriage is even valid under Tanzanian law as there is nothing to annul if the marriage is not valid to begin with. Polygamy is prohibited in the majority of countries around the world which means that the second "marriage" is null and void. Therefore, your starting point is Tanzanian law. Another thing that needs to be researched is whether your husband's first marriage was valid. If it was not valid, your marriage would most likely be valid. An attorney admitted in California should not determine the validity of a foreign marriage without hiring an attorney in the jurisdiction where the marriage took place as doing so would be practicing law without a license. I hope this helps.
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Are you sure you want to end this marriage? There are children.
As to annulment, it would be complicated--and possibly unwise.
Think this through. Then HIRE counsel.
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If you are a legal resident here in CA for at least 6 months and in the county where you currently live for at least 3 months, then you can have it annulled here.
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