Are there certain degrees of relationships that are prohibited from marrying?
Yes. Any marriage performed in this State prohibited by Family Law 2-202 is void. Generally, marriages within 3 degrees of direct lineal consanguinity or within the first degree of collateral consanguinity are prohibited. (Consanguinity is defined as the relationship of persons of the same blood or origin. Direct Lineal Consanguinity is the relationship between persons who are directly descended or ascended from one another. Collateral consanguinity is the relationship between persons who have the same ancestor but do not descend or ascend from one another.)
According to Maryland Annotated Code Family Law 2-202, a man may not marry his: grandmother, mother, daughter, sister or granddaughter. He also may not marry his grandfather's wife, wife's grandmother, father's sister, mother's sister, stepmother, wife's mother, wife's daughter, son's wife, grandson's wife, wife's granddaughter, brother's daughter or sister's daughter. A woman may not marry her: grandfather, father, son, brother, or grandson. She also may not marry her: grandmother's husband, husband's grandfather, father's brother, mother's brother, stepfater, husband's father, husband's son, daughter's husband, husband's grandson, brother's son, sister's son, or granddaughter's husband.
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