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16 November 2015
Husband to argue that 30-year marriage should be nullified because his wife is a bigamist
Elias Bamgboye had already begun divorce proceedings after his marriage to wife Judita broke down, a High Court judge heard.
But he now wants to argue that the marriage never legally existed - because his wife was already married.
The couple, from Epping, Essex, married nearly 30 years ago and have since had four children, now aged between 27 and 19.
But Mr Bamboye is now convinced his wife married another man in the Philippines and is stalling divorce proceedings in a bid to get a ruling their marriage was never official.
Details of the case emerged today at a hearing before Mr Justice Moor in the Family Division of the High Court in London.
A lawyer representing Mr Bamgboye told the court that a judge in divorce proceedings had signalled the end of the marriage in 2012 by granting a decree nisi.
Barrister Stefanie Wickins said no decree absolute, which would formally end the marriage, had been granted.
And she said Mr Bamgboye now wanted to abandon those divorce proceedings and attempt to have the marriage nullified.
Mr Justice Moor agreed that Mr Bamgboye should be allowed to do that and made an order rescinding the decree nisi.
The judge was not asked to make any decisions about whether Mrs Bamgboye had committed bigamy. He said those decisions would be for another judge on another day.
Miss Wickins said a judge sitting in a county court in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, had granted the decree nisi.
And she said the couple had also been embroiled in a dispute about money at a family court in Chelmsford, Essex.