Tampa, FL asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Florida

Q: How exactly do official marriages, de facto marriages (unofficial marriages) and extramarital relationships work?

I practice polyamory and also de facto polygamy. I am interested in having one official wife through one official marriage, more than one de facto wife, which is also known as a concubine, through de facto marriages (unofficial marriages), mistresses through long-term extramarital relationships and also sugar babies as courtesans through long-term extramarital relationships. All relationship partners that are involved in any form of relationship with me would be in agreement with these circumstances and would all live in the same exact house as me. Is this kind of polyamory and de facto polygamy legal and how exactly would it work? How would child custody work for an official wife, a de facto wife (a concubine), a mistress and a sugar baby as a courtesan?

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You are only allowed to have one spouse at a time. All of the many relationships and terms you use are not recognized in the law; they are extra-marital relationships (i.e.: adultery). Child custody would depend upon the best interest of the child.

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