Filing for Divorce is not always an easy decision, but it must be done before any legal remarriage can take place. Each state has different laws governing marriage and divorce and knowing your rights is key. In the state of Utah and Arizona, bigamy and polygamy are more common practices, but they are both illegal in all 50 states. Check out this visual guide to The History of Bigamy and Polygamy Laws in Utah.
Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona are home to large fundamentalist LDS sects who practice polygamy.
Here we compare the prominent polygamous cities with the rest of the state.
In 1953, Arizona police officers raided the Fundamentalist LDS community at Short Creek and arrested some 150 adults accused of being polygamists. The raid also took 263 children into custody creating a negative media frenzy that put major polygamy prosecutions on hold in Utah.
In 2001, Utah resident Tom Green was prosecuted for having five wives with 29 children total as well as divorcing young mothers and taking their welfare checks. He was convicted of 4 counts of bigamy in Utah’s first major bigamy trial in 50 years. He was also later convicted of child rape.
In 2006, the Utah Supreme Court upheld the Utah constitutional clause forbidding polygamy. Rodney Holm was charged with engaging in a "spiritual marriage" with the sister of his current wife. In a 5 to 4 decision, the court dismissed Holm’s defense that consenting adults enjoy the freedom to define their relationships in the confines of their homes and private lives.
This infographic was provided by Total Divorce.