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Bigamy allegations lead to divorce

When formal and complete separation becomes necessary for a married couple, divorce offers an appropriate solution recognized in the eyes of the law and society at large. Numerous reasons, ranging from infidelity and crime to conflicting personalities can be ample rationale for one or both partners seeking a divorce.

This October in the Dallas area, one couple arrived at a unique and especially complicated reason to seek a divorce: a man's second wife. A Fort Worth-area pilot has been pressed with charges of bigamy after marrying his second wife on the same day he began filing to end his first marriage, according to allegations.

Although the man, who has a business renting airplanes, had filed for a divorce from his first wife, the proceedings and litigation had been far from finished. During this time he continued to live with both women in separate Fort Worth suburbs

The pilot had been married to his first wife since 2004 and had a child with her. Police believe that the man not only married his second wife before he had attained a legal divorce from his first marriage, but that he also fabricated a divorce decree, hoping to set his new bride at ease.

Police made an arrest on bigamy charges on Oct. 11. Following investigation, the man's first wife confirmed that she had never signed divorce documents provided by him, and believes her signature had been forged. The woman is now moving forward with her own divorce case, while the man is currently awaiting trial.

While often times a divorce is sought by only one spouse within a marriage, both spouses have a responsibility to include the other in the process and work to guarantee the legal rights of each. When a divorce, for any reason, becomes necessary, getting in touch with a firm experienced in divorce law can help ensure a proper and beneficial legal process.

Source: SF Gate, "Dallas-area pilot charged, allegedly has 2 wives," Oct. 21, 2012

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