Hey all! So, correct me if I'm wrong in my understanding here, but I am under the impression that the biggest roadblock to practicing polygyny is common law marriage. Because it seems that common law marriage is the net that state legal systems use to catch polygynists who avoid criminal charges of bigamy by only legally marrying one wife. So what about states like my home state of New York, where common law marriage is abolished? It's been gone since like 1938 I think. So let's say a man in New York legally marries one wife...then takes on another wife but doesn't legally marry her. He's not a bigamist. But there are no common law marriages or cohabitation laws that would grant the second wive any claim to "legal" marital rights. So is he in the clear then to just simply cohabitate without fear? or are there federal laws at play here too that I'm not taking into account? This is a big deal because I really want to get my ducks in a row before I start speaking publicly about any of this on youtube. To my knowledge there are onlylike 10 states left that recognize common law marriage. Are people in the other states really in the clear? Something tells me probably not.