Conflicts Keyed to Currie
Williams v. State of North Carolina (I)
Williams (Defendant) and Hendrix (Defendant) were residents of North Carolina. Both moved to Nevada and filed for divorce against their spouses in a Nevada court. The defendants in these divorce actions entered no appearance and were not served with process in Nevada. However, service was made by publication in a Nevada newspaper and by personal service of process in North Carolina. The Nevada court found that each was domiciled in Nevada, and divorces were granted to Defendants. Williams (Defendant) and Hendrix (Defendant) then married each other in Nevada and moved back to North Carolina where they were convicted of bigamy on an implicit finding that the Nevada divorce decrees would not be recognized in North Carolina. In affirming the conviction, the North Carolina Supreme Court held that the Nevada divorces did not need to be recognized, even if the North Carolina court found that both Defendants had actually domiciled in Nevada.
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