Question: Is polygamy legal in Europe?

In every country in North America and South America, polygamy is illegal, and practice is criminalized. All of Europe and Oceania, except for the Solomon Islands, do not recognize polygamist marriages.

Bigamy is illegal in France, and punishable by a year in prison and a $53,000 fine. But the practice of polygamy among immigrant families from countries where it is part of the culture and tradition is more complicated. Polygamy was effectively banned by a 1993 law that prevented second wives from getting visas.

Is polygamy allowed in UK?

Polygamous marriages may not be performed in the United Kingdom, and if a polygamous marriage is performed, the already-married person may be guilty of the crime of bigamy under section 11 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.

How many wives can you have in France?

In France, marriage to more than one person is punishable by a year in prison and a €45,000 (almost $60,000) fine. However, the law is being challenged in Ireland. And in Cyprus, with a 5-year prison term, the court can take into account arguments that the accuseds culture or religion permits polygamy.

Why is polygamy illegal in France?

Polygamy is illegal in France, as of 1993, and has been the center of recent political debates due to surges of Malian immigrants living polygamously in the country. Several politicians stated that they perceived polygamy as a contributing cause of the 2005 French riots.

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