Bigamy — Louisiana

Louisiana Criminal Defense Attorney


Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. — Serving clients in Orleans, Jefferson, Terrebonne, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Tammany, St. John, Assumption and Plaquemines Parishes.


Bigamy — La RS 14:76

Bigamy is the marriage to another person by a person already married and having a husband or wife living; or the habitual cohabitation, in this state, with such second husband or wife, regardless of the place where the marriage was celebrated.

The provisions of this article shall not extend:

(1)  To any person whose former husband or wife has been absent, at the time of the second marriage, for five successive years without being known to such person, within that time, to be living; or

(2)  To any person whose former marriage has been annulled or dissolved at the time of the second marriage, by the judgment of a competent court; or

(3)  To any person who has, at the time of the second marriage, a reasonable and honest belief that his or her former husband or wife is dead, or that a valid divorce or annulment has been secured, or that his or her former marriage was invalid.


Whoever commits the crime of bigamy shall be fined not more than $1,000.00 dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than 5 years, or both.


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