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Are polyandrous marriages (ie where a woman has more than one husband) recognised in England and Wales in the same way as polygamous marriages?

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Produced in partnership with Tori Adams of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 06/08/2019

The following Family Q&A Produced in partnership with Tori Adams of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Are polyandrous marriages (ie where a woman has more than one husband) recognised in England and Wales in the same way as polygamous marriages?

A bigamous marriage will not be recognised in England and Wales and a polygamous marriage will not be recognised save in certain circumstances, which include that the country in which the marriage took place does permit polygamy, as per Part II of the Private International Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995 (PIL(MP)A 1995) which states:

‘5. Validity in English law of potentially polygamous marriages.

(1) A marriage entered into outside England and Wales between parties neither of whom is already married is not void under the law of England and Wales on the ground that it is entered into under a law which permits polygamy and that either part

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