MATRIMONIAL CAUSES ACT 1973—SECT 11

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A marriage celebrated after 31 July 1971 shall be void on the following

grounds only, that is to say . . . (b) that at the time of the

marriage either party was already lawfully married; or . . . (d) in

the case of a polygamous marriage entered into outside England

and Wales . . . either party was at the time of the marriage domiciled

in England and Wales . . .

For the purpose of paragraph (d) of this subsection a marriage

may be polygamous although at its inception neither party has

any spouse additional to the other.

PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL

LAW (MISCELLANEOUS

PROVISIONS) ACT 1995

5 (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 party is

domiciled in England and Wales.

(2) This section does not affect the determination of the validity

of a marriage by reference to the law of another country to the

extent that it falls to be so determined in accordance with the rules

of Private International Law.

Section 6 determines the effect of section 5 on prior marriages.