Fraudulent inducement of marriage is something you learn for the bar exam and then expect — hope — never to need again.
But a recent New York case involved an attorney who asked a woman to marry him and arranged a deal where she bought a condo, with him as the lender. He, however, always made the payments.
Three years later, she learned he was already married with children. And since New York is not a Big Love state, their marriage was bigamous. The “husband” thought that would be a good time to demand payment for the condo and then pursue foreclosure on the accelerated loan.
The Adjunct Law Prof gets a hat tip for noticing this case and cites the relevant portion of the judge’s opinion, which concludes that this situation constitutes a “prima facie case of fraudulent inducement to marriage.”
The Court of Appeals slip opinion for Rosenzweig v Givens is included below.
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