Today, an article on law.com discusses the scenario when a couple's marriage by an internet-ordained minister may be invalid. In Pennsylvania, there has been a recent ruling to that effect, causing many people to wonder if their marriage is invalid. Can a spouse who wants out of a marriage claim the marriage was invalid to avoid a property division or alimony determination? In my opinion, the answer in Maryland would be no. The Family Law statutes provide for these forms of relief in an action for divorce or annulment. Arguably, if one of the spouses is claiming for whatever reason that the marriage is invalid, most likely both absolute divorce and annulment may be pled...the judge may determine which is proper but even in an annulment "marital" property can be distributed.