You cannot legally marry if one of you is already married or in a civil union with another person. Bigamy is a very serious offence. Photo / 123RF

Q: My partner and I are in love but I’m in New Zealand and he has been stuck in Australia due to Covid-19. We want to get married later in the year in New Zealand. My partner, however is still married, he is separated but not yet divorced. Is it okay if we get married before his marriage is formally over?

I own my home in New Zealand and want to keep that protected from our new relationship. How do you think I should go about this legally and should I tell my new partner at all?

A: Starting a new relationship and marriage can bring to light a range of legal issues which can be difficult to understand and, even more so when you are living in different countries. This situation is becoming more common due to the global pandemic.

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