2012 Arkansas Code
Title 5 - Criminal Offenses
Subtitle 3 - Offenses Involving Families, Dependents, Etc.
Chapter 26 - Offenses Involving The Family
Subchapter 2 - -- Offenses Generally
§ 5-26-201 - Bigamy.


AR Code § 5-26-201 (2012) What's This?

(a) A person commits bigamy if, being married, he or she purports to marry another person.

(b) It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this section that at the time of the alleged offense the actor:

(1) Reasonably believed that the prior spouse was dead;

(2) Had lived apart from the prior spouse for five (5) consecutive years throughout which time the prior spouse was not known to the actor to be alive;

(3) Reasonably believed that a court had ordered a valid termination or annulment of the prior marriage; or

(4) Otherwise reasonably believed that the actor was legally eligible to marry.

(c) Bigamy is a Class A misdemeanor.

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