Laurel, MD asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Maryland

Q: What the code for fraud in a marriage

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Maryland courts can grant an annulment to a party who was fraudulently induced to enter into a marriage as part of their general equity powers under Family Law Code Section 1-201(b)(3). There is no stand-alone statute that addressed "fraud in a marriage" and it is unclear what you are referring to. A fraudulent marriage can form the basis of an immigration crime, where a foreign national and a US citizen conspire to enter into a marriage for the sole purpose of securing the legal status and path to citizenship for the foreign national, and not for the purpose of an actual marriage. There are various statutory prohibitions regarding who may marry, including bigamy laws (more than one marriage), marriage between close blood relations (first cousins, parent-child, siblings, etc.), age restrictions, and the like.

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