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Man Tries Divorcing Bigamist Ex, Judge Orders Him To Pay Her $96,000 Or Face Jail Time

After just two months of marriage, a man discovered that his wife was still married to two other men, making their marriage invalid. However, when he tried to have the sham marriage annulled, a female judge wouldn't hear the evidence and instead ordered him to pay his bigamist ex $96,000 in alimony or go to jail.

When Mark Athans found the love of his life at age 56, he thought he would finally get a happy ending to his story. Excitedly, the medical professional married 42-year-old Charity Lenee Parchem in South Dakota before sweeping her away to his Texas home where he then introduced his new bride to his son.

Although Athans' son struggles with autism, the disorder hasn't stripped him of his intuition. Going on instinct, the young man began researching his father's new wife, uncovering her disturbing criminal history. Unfortunately, her police record was only the beginning of the nightmare.

Athans discovered that his blushing bride was already married to two other men and had committed bigamy by marrying for a third time without ever legally divorcing. Outraged, he filed for divorce just two months after their sham marriage. Subsequently, Parchem was arrested and jailed for bigamy. However, instead of simply dissolving their illegal union and holding Parchem accountable for her crimes, a judge is rewarding her behavior.

According to KPRC,  Montgomery County Court Judge Patrice McDonald has refused to see any evidence of Parchem’s bigamy and upheld a ruling that Athans must pay his bigamist ex $96,000 in alimony as well as her court costs and lawyer fees or face jail, which totals up to $3,000 a month. Despite the fact that federal and state laws maintain that marriages conducted while one of the parties are still married are invalid, Judge McDonald has ignored Parchem's bigamy charges.

"It was just a lot of deception that was not making sense to me,” Athans said. “As a reasonable human being, she planned all this. I was a mark. She's lied and deceived all of us. She has lied and deceived other people. And she keeps winning. But the thing that worries us is she's hurting all of us. She's hurting you, she's hurting our family. What did we do to deserve that?”

Incredibly, Judge McDonald would not allow Athans and his attorney to introduce evidence showing that Parchem had been indicted on bigamy.  Additionally, she blocked Parchem's legal husband, Trevor Hendry, from testifying that he is still married to the woman.

Although he faces losing his career and life savings, Athans is more worried about what will happen to his son. He is concerned that going to jail will leave his autistic son without anyone to help him since he is his sole caregiver.

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