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Good afternoon. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. The legal grounds for an annulment in Maryland include:
Consanguinity – your spouse is a blood relative.
Bigamy – your spouse is married to someone else.
Impotency – you must prove your spouse can’t meet your sexual and physical needs.
Mental disability – your spouse could be temporarily or permanently mentally disabled.
Duress – you were forced to marry your spouse.
In order for an annulment in Maryland to be declared totally void, there must be evidence showing the marriage never occurred or should not have occurred. A short term marriage, like the one you mind yourself in, would not be grounds alone, for an annulment and would require that you go through the divorce process. An absolute divorce in Maryland effectively dissolves your marriage. This means you can remarry and divide your property.Proving grounds for an absolute divorce in Maryland requires showing one of the following occurred:
desertion (a year or longer);
cruelty and harsh conduct;
one-year separation (with separation agreement
criminal conviction (felony or misdemeanor);
2-year separation (without separation agreement); and/or
I know you have concerns regarding the issue about separation and would likely want to terminate the marriage sooner but the only way to do this is to prove one of the other grounds.
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