General Marriage Articles

  • 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.
  • A "common law" marriage cannot be created in Maryland. However, Maryland does recognize as valid, common law marriages created outside of Maryland if the legal requirements of the other jurisdiction have been met.
  • How to get a marriage license in Maryland and who is allowed to officiate.
  • Agreements between persons about to marry made before a ceremony is performed and in anticipation of marriage are usually called pre-nuptial contracts or agreements.
  • 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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