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  • A “tort” is a civil wrong or injury remedied by the award of money damages. The tort actions that have special significance between married persons are “wrongful death” and “loss of consortium” claims.
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  • A “common law” marriage, a relationship in which a couple lives together but has not participated in a lawful ceremony, cannot be created in Maryland. Maryland does recognize as valid, common law marriages created in other states if the legal requirements of those states have been met.
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  • How to get a marriage license in Maryland and who is allowed to officiate.
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  • Agreements between persons about to marry made prior to the time a ceremony is performed and in anticipation of marriage are usually called pre-nuptial contracts or agreements.
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  • Married persons are generally regarded by the courts as parties to a contract. This contract can be validly entered into (or dissolved) only by following Maryland Family Law statutes.
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