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Article - Criminal Law


    (a)    This section does not apply to a person if:

        (1)    the person’s previous lawful spouse has been absent from the person for a continuous period of 7 years; and

        (2)    the person does not know whether the person’s previous lawful spouse is living at the time of the subsequent marriage ceremony.

    (b)    While lawfully married to a living person, a person may not enter into a marriage ceremony with another.

    (c)    A person who violates this section is guilty of the felony of bigamy and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 9 years.

    (d)    An indictment or warrant for bigamy is sufficient if it substantially states:

    “(name of defendant) on (date), in (county), having a living spouse, feloniously entered into a marriage ceremony with (name of subsequent spouse), in violation of § 10-502 of the Criminal Law Article, against the peace, government, and dignity of the State.”.

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