About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - Family Law
(a)    (1)   An individual is not liable for:
(i)   any debt contracted by the individual’s spouse before the marriage; or
(ii)   any claim or demand against the spouse that arose before the marriage.
(2)   The debtor spouse and that spouse’s property are liable for the debt as if the marriage had not occurred.
(b)   A husband is not liable:
(1)   for a tort that is committed:
(i)   separately by his wife; and
(ii)   without his participation or sanction; or
(2)   on a contract made by his wife in her own name and on her own responsibility.
(c)   A judgment or decree in a proceeding under § 4-205(b) of this title shall:
(1)   be passed against the wife only; and
(2)   operate only on the property she owned individually before or after the marriage.
(d)    (1)   Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, the property that a woman owns at the time of her marriage, or acquires after her marriage, is not liable for the payment of her husband’s debts.
(2)    (i)   A transfer of property between spouses is invalid if made in prejudice of the rights of present creditors.
(ii)   A claim under this paragraph shall be asserted within 3 years after the transfer or be barred absolutely.
(iii)   For purposes of this paragraph, all claims are considered due and matured.