Hi lawyer, my husband and I got married 4 years ago. Recently, I found out that my husband has an affair with another woman, and they even have a child together. I want to know if a spouse has kids with other people, shall he/she face criminal charges? Thank you in advance.
B. ANSWER FROM PL & PARTNERS LAW FIRM:
Thank you for trusting and sending your question to PL & Partners Law Firm. Regarding your question that whether a married person having kids with other people faces criminal charges or not, we would like to reply as follow:
Article 5.2.c of the Law on Marriage and Family 2014 stipulates the prohibited acts, including:
“c) Married people get married or cohabitate with other people or unmarried people get married or cohabitate with married people.”
Pursuant to the law, your husband might face administrative sanctions or even criminal charges as follow:
1. Be administratively sanctioned:
Pursuant to Article 59.1 of Decree no.82/2020/ND-CP, in case married people cohabitate with other people, a fine ranging from VND3,000,000,000 to VND5,000,000,000 shall be imposed.
2. Face criminal prosecution:
Pursuant to Article 182 of Criminal Code 2015, depending on the severity of the violation, the sentence shall be different, from non-custodial sentence to 03 years sentence:
“1. Married people who get married or cohabitate with other people or unmarried people who get married or cohabitate with people who they knew that already got married and under one of these cases shall get a warning, face a penalty of up to 01 year’ non-custodial sentence or 03 -12 months’ imprisonment:
a) The offence results in the divorce of one or both parties;
b) The offender has incurred an administrative sanction for the same offence.
This offence committed in any of the following circumstances carries a penalty of 06 – 36 months’ imprisonment:
a) The offence results in the suicide of the spouse or child of either party;
b) The Court has issued a decision on dissolution of the marriage or compulsory termination of the cohabitation but the offender still defies such decision.
If your husband meets all conditions mentioned in Article 182 as set forth above, he can get a warning, or face a penalty of one year’ non-custodial sentence or 3-12 months’ imprisonment.