An annulment is the termination of a marriage that was either void or voidable at the time the marriage was entered into.
Under Maryland law a marriage is void if:
- At the time it was entered into one or both of the parties were legally married to another person,
- The parties are too closely related by blood, or
- Either of the parties did not have the required mental capacity or intent to marry the other person.
An otherwise legal marriage is voidable if:
- Either party was under age 15 at the time of the marriage,
- Either party was age 15 but did not have parental consent and a physician's certificate establishing the woman was either pregnant or had given birth to a child,
- Either party was age 16 or 17 and did not have parental consent or a physician's certificate establishing the woman was either pregnant or had given birth to a child,
- Either party was under the influence of liquor or drugs or one party used fraud, duress, coercion or force on the other party to obtain the marriage, or
- The parties are too closely related by blood or marriage (but not such to render the marriage void).
The granting of an Annulment extinguishes the marriage such that it never legally existed.
For more information about obtaining an annulment and how we can help you with annulment matters, call Arn Family Law at (240) 345-2015, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or use our online contact form.