Michael Fields, DA Canadian County: Prosecute Bigamy in Canadian County Oklahoma
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Please sign this petition- by signing you will be participating in a grassroots ethical movement to prevent the crime of Bigamy. Bigamy is a felony in the State of Oklahoma. Bigamy happens when someone marries a person while still legally married to someone else. Often the perpetrator will do everything in their power to hide or lie about the previous unresolved marriage(s) to the new spouse, their previous spouses, and law officials.
Although, the act of Bigamy is a felony crime in Oklahoma the process of marriage is severely flawed to prevent such crimes. When applying for a marriage license in Oklahoma the applicants sign attesting that they are able to marry one another. Currently, there is no assurance to the “new” spouse that this statement is not fraudulent. If the United States of America maintained a Centralized Marriage Registry – there would not be victims of Bigamy.
However, since this “Centralized Registry” does not currently exist. We are asking that Oklahoma residents request their elected District Attorney to uphold Oklahoma State Statutes for Bigamy and fully prosecute those that commit this crime. The victims of Bigamy should not be disregarded, and this crime should not go unpunished when charges are sought.
§21‑881. Bigamy defined.
Every person who having been married to another who remains living, marries any
other person except in the cases specified in the next section is guilty of bigamy.
R.L.1910, § 2439.
§21‑882. Exceptions to the rule of bigamy.
The last preceding section does not extend:
1. To any person whose husband or wife by a former marriage has been absent for five (5)
successive years without being known to such person within that time to be living; nor,
2. To any person whose husband or wife by a former marriage has absented himself or
herself from his wife or her husband and has been continually remaining without the United States
for a space of five (5) years together; nor,
3. To any person by reason of any former marriage which has been pronounced void,
annulled or dissolved by the judgment of a competent court; nor,
4. To any person by reason of any former marriage with a husband or wife who has
been sentenced to imprisonment for life.
R.L.1910, § 2440.
§21‑883. Bigamy a felony.
Any person guilty of bigamy shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the
State Penitentiary not exceeding five (5) years.
R.L. 1910, § 2441. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 133, § 260, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999,
1st Ex.Sess., c. 5, § 164, eff. July 1, 1999.
§22‑746. Bigamy, proof on trial for.
Upon a trial for bigamy, it is not necessary to prove either of the marriages by the register,
certificate or other record evidence thereof, but the same may be proved by such evidence
as is admissible to prove a marriage in other cases, and when the second marriage took
place out of the state, proof of that fact accompanied with proof of cohabitation thereafter
in this state, is sufficient to sustain the charge.
R.L.1910, § 5903.
§43-123. Remarriage and cohabitation - Appeal from judgment.
It shall be unlawful for either party to an action for divorce whose former husband or
wife is living to marry in this state a person other than the divorced spouse within six (6)
months from date of decree of divorce granted in this state, or to cohabit with such other
person in this state during said period if the marriage took place in another state; and if an
appeal be commenced from said decree, it shall be unlawful for either party to such cause
to marry any other person and cohabit with such person in this state until the expiration of
thirty (30) days from the date on which final judgment shall be rendered pursuant to such
appeal. Any person violating the provisions of this section by such marriage shall be
deemed guilty of the felony of bigamy. Any person violating the provisions of this section
by such cohabitation shall be deemed guilty of the felony of adultery.
An appeal from a judgment granting or denying a divorce shall be made in the same
manner as in any other civil case.
R.L. 1910, § 4971. Amended by Laws 1925, c. 119, p. 166, § 1; Laws 1957, p. 82, § 1; Laws 1969,
c. 322, § 1; Laws 1970, c. 5, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1971. Renumbered from Title 12, § 1280 by Laws
1989, c. 333, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 133, § 462, eff. July 1, 1999.
§43-124. Bigamy a felony.
Every person convicted of bigamy as such offense is defined in Section 123 of this
title shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary
for a term of not less than one (1) year nor more than three (3) years.
R.L. 1910, § 4972. Renumbered from § 1281 of Title 12 by Laws 1989, c. 333, § 1, eff. Nov.
1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 133, § 463, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 5, § 336, eff. July 1, 1999.
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