Most divorce and family attorneys believe they have seen and heard it all when it comes to crazy divorce cases. But then we read about stories like this one and realize that we most definitely have not.
A Tarrant county man filed for divorce from his wife on October 16, 2009, and then promptly married another woman on the same day. He lived with his second wife only 15 miles away from his first wife. The second wife believed that the man divorced his first wife earlier in the year.
At first, it sounds like the man may have thought that just simply filing for divorce meant he was divorced. However, he continued to live with his first wife in Arlington and his second wife in Grapevine. He had a job in aviation which required extensive periods of travel, so neither woman thought anything of it when he was gone for some time. What happened to his divorce filing? The court dismissed it when he failed to appear for a hearing, and it seems that his first wife never knew he filed for divorce, which would make sense why she continued to live with him in Arlington.
He lived this double-life somewhat successfully for a couple of years, until May 2012, when his second wife found evidence that her husband had been financially supporting two households. The second wife called the first wife, and then the first wife promptly called the police, who arrested the man for bigamy, a third-degree felony.
In the end, the first wife has filed for divorce. Whereas the man never followed through when he originally filed, it’s doubtful the first wife will make the same mistake. What’s extremely sad about this case is that the first wife did have one child with the man, and most likely, it’s going to be that child who will suffer the most in the aftermath of this debacle.
Original story from ABCnews.com, “Texas Bigamist Led a Double Life for Three Years, Police Say”