An annulment declares a marriage null and void from the beginning. Maryland courts generally disfavor annulment. Maryland courts prefer the statutory function of divorces. However, in Maryland marriages may be annulled for clearly defined and specific reasons. Maryland Courts will grant an annulment if:
- One or both parties were already married at the time of the marriage.
- One or both parties were minors and/or did not have parental consent.
- The marriage was coerced under duress, i.e. “shotgun wedding.”
- The parties are blood relatives (consanguinity).