May 6, 2006
Utah Court of Appeals Rejects Common-Law Marriage Claim of Polygamist’s Wife
The Utah Court of Appeals refused to recognize the common law claim of a woman in a polygamous relation saying that she could not file a declaration of "unsolemnized marriage" after the death of her “husband” because he was legally married to another woman. It also noted that she did not file her petition within the one-year limit pursuant to Utah law. The woman and her late “husband” were married in June 1953 and later decided to embrace the practice of plural marriage. They divorced in 1961 so the “husband” could legally marry another woman. News Source. ABC4.com. Please click here for the complete news story (last visited May 6, 2006, reo). A copy of the Utah Court of Appeals decision may be found by clicking here (last visited May 6, 2006, reo).
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