Maryland Marriage Laws

§ 2-202 - Marriages within certain degrees of relationship void; penalties

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Maryland Code - Family Law - Title 2: Marriage - Subtitle 2: Valid Marriages; Void Marriages § 2-202

Marriages within certain degrees of relationship void; penalties

(a) In general.- Any marriage performed in this State that is prohibited by this section is void. (b) Marriages within 3 degrees of direct lineal consanguinity or within first degree of collateral consanguinity prohibited; penalties.- (1) A man may not marry his: (i) grandmother; (ii) mother; (iii) daughter; (iv) sister; or (v) granddaughter. (2) A woman may not marry her: (i) grandfather; (ii) father; (iii) son; (iv) brother; or (v) grandson. (3) An individual who violates any provision of this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine of $1,500. (c) Certain marriages within other degrees of affinity or consanguinity prohibited; penalties.- (1) A man may not marry his: (i) grandfather's wife; (ii) wife's grandmother; (iii) father's sister; (iv) mother's sister; (v) stepmother; (vi) wife's mother; (vii) wife's daughter; (viii) son's wife; (ix) grandson's wife; (x) wife's granddaughter; (xi) brother's daughter; or (xii) sister's daughter. (2) A woman may not marry her: (i) grandmother's husband; (ii) husband's grandfather; (iii) father's brother; (iv) mother's brother; (v) stepfather; (vi) husband's father; (vii) husband's son; (viii) daughter's husband; (ix) husband's grandson; (x) brother's son; (xi) sister's son; or (xii) granddaughter's husband. (3) An individual who violates any provision of this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine of $500.

[An. Code 1957, art. 27, §§ 390, 391; art. 62, §§ 1, 2; 1984, ch. 296, § 2; 2002, ch. 424.]

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