DETROIT — During a single week, the world of Faye Miller, a 51-year-old stay-at-home mom in Rochester Hills, Mich., came crashing down when she started to examine her marriage at the suggestion of her therapist.
Though Google and phone records searches she learned:
—Her husband of 10 years, Dr. Kenneth Mitchell, a metro Detroit podiatrist, already had a wife in California when he married her in 1999.
—And in 2003 he had married yet another woman, a podiatrist in Quebec.
Equally astonishing, Mitchell, 48, a practicing Protestant who belongs to a Lutheran church with Miller, had converted to Islam in 2002, taken the Arabic name Mustafa and traveled twice to Saudi Arabia on religious pilgrimages, according to court records.
Mitchell, who operates several podiatry clinics in metro Detroit, says in court filings that he thought he was divorced from his first wife, and that the third marriage was never finalized because the necessary papers were not filed.
"I just thought he was working a lot of hours and away at medical conferences," Miller said in a recent interview at her attorneys' office in Bingham Farms. "It was devastating. It brought me to my knees."
She is seeking an annulment from Mitchell and child support for their two children. A hearing is set for Jan. 28...