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RULE 9-105. SHOW CAUSE ORDER; DISABILITY OF A PARTY; OTHER NOTICE

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West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Maryland Rules
Title 9. Family Law Actions
Chapter 100. Adoption; Guardianship Terminating Parental Rights (Refs & Annos)
MD Rules, Rule 9-105
RULE 9-105. SHOW CAUSE ORDER; DISABILITY OF A PARTY; OTHER NOTICE
(a) Requirement for Show Cause Order. Promptly upon the filing of a petition for adoption or guardianship, the court shall issue a show cause order in substantially the form set forth in section (e) of this Rule when required by Code, Family Law Article:
(1) § 5-316 in a Public Agency Guardianship;
(2) § 5-334 in a Public Agency Adoption without Prior TPR;
(3) § 5-3A-15 in a Private Agency Guardianship; or
(4) § 5-3B-15 in an Independent Adoption.
If the petition seeks adoption of a minor, the show cause order shall not divulge the name of the petitioner. If the petition seeks appointment of a guardian, the show cause order shall state the name of the child placement agency seeking guardianship.
(b) Appointment of Attorney for Disabled Party.
(1) If the parties agree that a party who is not represented has a disability that makes the party incapable of consenting or participating effectively in the proceeding, the court shall appoint an attorney who shall represent the disabled party throughout the proceeding.
(2) If there is a dispute as to whether a party who is not represented has a disability that makes the party incapable of consenting or participating effectively in the proceeding, the court shall:
(A) hold a hearing promptly to resolve the dispute;
(B) appoint an attorney to represent the alleged disabled party at that hearing;
(C) provide notice of that hearing to all parties; and
(D) if the court finds at the hearing that the party has such a disability, appoint an attorney who shall represent the disabled party throughout the proceeding.
Cross reference: See Code, Family Law Article, §§ 5-307 as to a Public Agency Guardianship; 5-307 as to a Public Agency Adoption without Prior TPR; 5-3A-07 as to a Private Agency Guardianship; and 5-3B-06 as to an Independent Adoption. For eligibility of an individual for representation by the Office of the Public Defender, see Code, Family Law Article § 5-307 and Code, Criminal Procedure Article, § 16-204.
(c) Service of Show Cause Order.
(1) Method of Service. The show cause order shall be served on those persons and in the manner required by Code, Family Law Article:
(A) § 5-316 in a Public Agency Guardianship;
(B) § 5-334 in a Public Agency Adoption without Prior TPR;
(C) § 5-3A-15 in a Private Agency Guardianship; or
(D) § 5-3B-15 in an Independent Adoption.
(2) Time for Service. Unless the court orders otherwise, a show cause order shall be served within 90 days after the date it is issued. If service is not made within that period, a new show cause order shall be issued at the request of the petitioner.
(3) Notice of Objection. A show cause order shall be served with two copies of a pre-captioned notice of objection form in substantially the form set forth in section (f) of this Rule. In a public agency guardianship or adoption, a copy of the petition shall be attached.
(d) Notice of Change of Name. If the person to be adopted is an adult and the petitioner desires to change the name of the person to be adopted to a surname other than that of the petitioner, notice of a proposed change of name shall also be given in the manner provided in Rule 15-901.
(e) Form of Show Cause Order. Except as provided in section (g) of this Rule, the show cause order shall be substantially in the following form:
IMPORTANT
THIS IS A COURT ORDER. IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE ORDER SAYS, HAVE SOMEONE EXPLAIN IT TO YOU. YOUR RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY IS EXPLAINED IN PARAGRAPH 3 OF THIS ORDER. IF YOU DO NOT MAKE SURE THAT THE COURT RECEIVES YOUR NOTICE OF OBJECTION ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE STATED IN PARAGRAPH 2 OF THIS ORDER, YOU HAVE AGREED TO A TERMINATION OF YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS.
(Note to Drafter of Show Cause Order: For the form of the caption of the Show Cause Order, see Rule 9-103 (a).)
SHOW CAUSE ORDER
TO:
 
(Name of Person to be Served)
 
 
(Address, including County)
 
(Relationship of person served to individual who is the subject of the proceeding)
You are hereby notified that:
1. Filing of Petition
A petition has been filed for
__________(Adoption/Guardianship)
 
of _______________________________________(Name of individual who is the subject of the proceeding) who
was born at _______________(Birthplace) on _______________(Date of Birth).
(If the petition is for guardianship, include the following sentence: The petition was filed by
 
_____________________________)(Name of child placement agency seeking guardianship).
2. Right to Object; Time For Objecting
If you wish to object to the _(Adoption/Guardianship),
you must file a notice of objection with the clerk of the court at
__________(Address of Courthouse)
 
within _______ days after this Order is served on you. For your convenience, a form notice of objection is attached to this Order.
WHETHER THE PETITION REQUESTS ADOPTION OR GUARDIANSHIP, IF YOU DO NOT MAKE SURE THAT THE COURT RECEIVES YOUR NOTICE OF OBJECTION ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE STATED ABOVE, YOU HAVE AGREED TO A TERMINATION OF YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS.
3. Right to an Attorney.
(a) You have the right to speak with an attorney and obtain independent legal advice.
(b) An attorney may already have been appointed for you. If you have been notified that an attorney has been appointed for you, you should speak immediately with that attorney.
(c) If an attorney has not already contacted you, you may be entitled to have the court appoint an attorney for you if:
(Note to Drafter of Show Cause Order: Include only those of the following paragraphs that are applicable to the type of guardianship or adoption proceeding that has been filed.)
[In a Public Agency Guardianship:]
You are a parent of the person for whom a guardian is sought and:
(A) you are under 18 years of age; or
(B) you have a disability that makes you unable to participate effectively in the case; or
(C) you object to the guardianship and cannot afford to hire an attorney because you are indigent.
[In a Public Agency Adoption without Prior TPR:]
(1) You are the person to be adopted;
OR
(2) You are a parent of the person to be adopted and:
(A) you are under 18 years of age; or
(B) you have a disability that makes you unable to participate effectively in the adoption case; or
(C) you object to the adoption and cannot afford to hire an attorney because you are indigent.
[In a Public Agency Adoption after TPR:]
You are the person to be adopted.
[In a Private Agency Guardianship:]
You are a parent of the person for whom a guardian is sought and:
(A) you are under 18 years of age; or
(B) you have a disability that makes you unable to participate effectively in the case.
[In a Private Agency Adoption:]
You are the person to be adopted and:
(A) you are at least 10 years old but are not yet 18; or
(B) you have a disability that makes you unable to participate effectively in the adoption case.
[In an Independent Adoption:]
(1) You are the person to be adopted and:
(A) you are at least 10 years old; and
(B) you have a disability that makes you unable to participate effectively in the adoption case;
OR
(2) You are a parent of the person to be adopted and:
(A) you are under 18 years of age; or
(B) you have a disability that makes you unable to participate effectively in the adoption case.
IF YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE ENTITLED TO HAVE THE COURT APPOINT AN ATTORNEY FOR YOU AND YOU WANT AN ATTORNEY, YOU MUST NOTIFY THE COURT BEFORE THE TIME YOUR NOTICE OF OBJECTION MUST BE FILED. HOWEVER, EVEN IF YOU HAVE OR WANT TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY, YOU MUST STILL FILE THE NOTICE OF OBJECTION ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE STATED IN PARAGRAPH 2 OF THIS ORDER. IF YOU DO NOT MAKE SURE THAT THE COURT RECEIVES YOUR NOTICE OF OBJECTION ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE STATED, YOU HAVE AGREED TO THE TERMINATION OF YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS.
For your convenience, a request for appointment of an attorney is printed on the notice of objection form attached to this Order.
(d) You are entitled to consult an attorney chosen by you, even if you are not entitled to an attorney appointed by the court. If you employ an attorney, you may be responsible for any fees and costs charged by that attorney unless the court orders another party to pay all or part of those fees or expenses.
(e) If you wish further information concerning appointment of an attorney by the court or concerning adoption counseling and guidance, you may contact
 
(Name of Court Official)
 
(Address)
 
(Telephone Number)
4. Option to Receive Adoption Counseling. If this is an adoption proceeding, you also may have the option to receive adoption counseling and guidance. You may have to pay for that service unless another party agrees to pay or the court orders another party to pay all or part of those charges.
Date of issue:
 
 
(Judge)
(f) Form of Notice of Objection. The notice of objection shall be substantially in the following form:
(Note to Drafter of the Notice of Objection/Request for Appointment of Attorney: For the caption of the form, see Rule 9-103 (a).)
NOTICE OF OBJECTION/REQUEST FOR APPOINTMENT OF ATTORNEY
(Instructions to the person served with the show cause order:
IF YOU WISH TO OBJECT, YOU MUST MAKE SURE THAT THE COURT RECEIVES YOUR NOTICE OF OBJECTION ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE STATED IN THE SHOW CAUSE ORDER. You may use this form to do so. You need only sign this form, print or type your name, address, and telephone number underneath your signature, and mail or deliver it to the court at the address shown in paragraph 2 of the show cause order. IF THE COURT HAS NOT RECEIVED YOUR NOTICE OF OBJECTION ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE STATED IN PARAGRAPH 2 OF THE SHOW CAUSE ORDER, YOU HAVE AGREED TO THE TERMINATION OF YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS. If you wish to state your reasons, you may state them on this sheet.)
1. I object to the __________________________(Adoption/Guardianship) of the
above-named individual. My reasons for objecting are as follows:
 
 
 
 
2. I do/do not want the Court to appoint an attorney to
(Circle one)
represent me. If I circled that I do want the court to appoint an attorney for me, I believe that I am entitled to a court-appointed attorney because:
(Check appropriate box or boxes)
(Note to Drafter of the Notice of Objection/Request for Appointment of Attorney: Include only those of the following paragraphs which are applicable to the type of guardianship or adoption proceeding that has been filed.)
[In a Public Agency Guardianship:]
[ ] I am the parent of the person for whom a guardian is sought and:
[ ] I am under 18 years of age.
[ ] I have a disability that makes me unable to participate effectively in the case.
[ ] I object to the guardianship and cannot afford to hire an attorney because I am indigent.
[In a Public Agency Adoption without Prior TPR:]
[ ] I am the person to be adopted.
OR
[ ] I am the parent of the person to be adopted and:
[ ] I am under 18 years of age.
[ ] I have a disability that makes me unable to participate effectively in the adoption case.
[ ] I object to the adoption and cannot afford to hire an attorney because I am indigent.
[In a Public Agency Adoption after TPR:]
[ ] I am the person to be adopted.
[In a Private Agency Guardianship:]
[ ] I am a parent of the person for whom a guardian is sought and:
[ ] I am under 18 years of age.
[ ] I have a disability that makes me unable to participate effectively in the case.
[In a Private Agency Adoption:]
[ ] I am the person to be adopted and:
[ ] I am at least 10 years old but am not yet 18.
[ ] I have a disability that makes me unable to participate effectively in the adoption case.
[In an Independent Adoption:]
[ ] I am the person to be adopted and:
[ ] I am at least 10 years old and I have a disability that makes me unable to participate effectively in the adoption case.
OR
[ ] I am the parent of the person to be adopted and:
[ ] I am under 18 years of age.
[ ] I have a disability that makes me unable to participate effectively in the adoption case.
 
(Signature)
 
(Name, printed or typed)
 
(Address)
 
(Telephone Number)
(g) Form of Notice for Service by Publication and Posting. The notice for service by publication and posting shall be in the form required by Code, Family Law Article:
(1) § 5-316 in a Public Agency Guardianship;
(2) § 5-334 in a Public Agency Adoption without Prior TPR;
(3) § 5-3A-15 in a Private Agency Guardianship; or
(4) § 5-3B-15 in an Independent Adoption.
Source: This Rule is in part derived from former Rule D74 and is in part new.

Credits

[Adopted June 5, 1996, eff. Jan. 1, 1997. Amended March 5, 2001, eff. July 1, 2001; Jan. 8, 2002, eff. Feb. 1, 2002; Nov. 6, 2002, eff. Jan. 1, 2003; June 4, 2007, eff. July 1, 2007; Nov. 1, 2012, eff. Jan. 1, 2013.]

Editors' Notes

HISTORICAL NOTES
2001 Orders
The March 5, 2001, order, inserted subsec. (a)(2) pertaining to determination of disability of a party; in section (e), substituted two copies for one copy of the notice of objection; and, in section (h), modified the contents of certain notices.
2002 Orders
The January 8, 2002, order, in subsec. (b)(1)(A), substituted “(1)(D), and (1)(E)” for “and (1)(D)”; in subsec. (b)(1)(D), substituted “If a person” for “The show cause order need not be served on: (i) a parent of a person to be adopted if the person”, deleted “, the petition for adoption is filed by a child placement agency,” following “prior juvenile proceeding”, inserted “person's”, and substituted “, the court shall order notice by publication as to that parent pursuant to section (c) of this Rule” for “; or (ii) a person who has executed a written consent pursuant to Rule 9-102”; added subsec. (b)(1)(E); in section (c), substituted “at least one time in one or more newspapers of general circulation published in the county in which the petition is filed and, if different, in the county of that parent's last known address” for “one time. Publication shall be in the county of that parent's last known residence”; and amended the cross reference following section (c).
The November 6, 2002, order, in subsec. (b)(1)(D), substituted “to that parent by publication” for “by publication as to that parent”; in subsec. (b)(2)(A), substituted “(2)(C), and (2)(D)” for “and (2)(C)”; in subsec. (b)(2)(C), substituted “If a person” for “The show cause order need not be served on: (i) a parent of a person for whom a guardian is to be appointed if the person”, inserted “person's”, and substituted “the court shall order notice to that parent by publication pursuant to section (c) of this Rule” for “or (ii) a person who has executed a written consent pursuant to Rule 9-102”; and added subsec. (b)(2)(D).
2007 Orders
The June 4, 2007, order rewrote this rule, which previously read:
“(a) Requirement.
“(1) Generally. Upon the filing of a petition for adoption or guardianship, the court shall enter a show cause order in the form set forth in section (h) of this Rule unless all parties entitled to service of the show cause order under section (b) of this Rule have consented to the adoption or guardianship. If the petition seeks adoption of a minor, the show cause order shall not divulge the name of the petitioner. If the petition seeks appointment of a guardian, the show cause order shall state the name of the child placement agency seeking guardianship.
“(2) Determination of Disability of a Party. If the petition alleges facts that indicate that a party has a disability, the court shall (A) appoint an attorney for the party if the party is not represented, (B) set a prompt hearing to determine whether the party has a disability that makes the party incapable of consenting or participating in the proceeding, and (C) cause subpoenas to be issued and served upon the petitioner and the party requiring their attendance at the hearing.
“(b) Persons to be Served.
“(1) In Adoption Proceeding.
“(A) Subject to paragraphs (1)(B), (1)(C), (1)(D), and (1)(E) of this section, if the petition seeks adoption, the show cause order shall be served on (i) the person to be adopted, if the person is 10 years old or older; (ii) the parents of the person to be adopted; and (iii) any other person the court directs to be served.
“(B) If the parental rights of the parents of the person to be adopted have been terminated by a judgment of guardianship with the right to consent to adoption, service shall be on the guardian instead of the parents.
“(C) If an attorney has been appointed to represent a parent or the person to be adopted, service shall be on the attorney instead of the parent or person to be adopted.
“Cross reference: See Rule 9-106 (a) concerning appointment of attorney.
“(D) If a person to be adopted has been adjudicated to be a child in need of assistance in a prior juvenile proceeding and the court is satisfied by affidavit or testimony that the petitioner has made reasonable good faith efforts to serve the show cause order on the person's parent by both certified mail and private process at the addresses specified in Code, Family Law Article, § 5-322 (b) and at any other address actually known to the petitioner as one where the parent may be found, the court shall order notice to that parent by publication pursuant to section (c) of this Rule.
“(E) The show cause order need not be served on a person who has executed a written consent pursuant to Rule 9-102.
“(2) In a Guardianship Proceeding.
“(A) Subject to paragraphs (2)(B), (2)(C), and (2)(D) of this section, if the petition seeks guardianship, the show cause order shall be served on (i) the parents of the person for whom a guardian is to be appointed and (ii) any other person that the court directs to be served.
“(B) If an attorney has been appointed to represent a parent or the person for whom a guardian is to be appointed, service shall be on the attorney instead of the parent or person for whom a guardian is to be appointed.
“(C) If a person for whom a guardian is to be appointed has been adjudicated to be a child in need of assistance in a prior juvenile proceeding and the court is satisfied by affidavit or testimony that the petitioner has made reasonable good faith efforts to serve the show cause order on the person's parent by both certified mail and private process at the addresses specified in Code, Family Law Article, § 5-322 (b) and at any other address actually known to the petitioner as one where the parent may be found, the court shall order notice to that parent by publication pursuant to section (c) of this Rule.
“(D) The show cause order need not be served on a person who has executed a written consent pursuant to Rule 9-102.
“(c) Method of Service. Except as otherwise provided in this Rule, the show cause order shall be served in the manner provided by Rule 2-121. If the court is satisfied by affidavit or testimony that the petitioner or a parent, after reasonable efforts made in good faith, has been unable to ascertain the identity or whereabouts of a parent entitled to service under section (b) of this Rule, the court may order, as to that parent, that the show cause order be published at least one time in one or more newspapers of general circulation published in the county in which the petition is filed and, if different, in the county of that parent's last known address. When a show cause order is published, unless the court orders otherwise, the show cause order shall identify the individual who is the subject of the proceeding only as ‘a child born to’ followed by the name of any known parent of the child and shall set forth the month, year, county, and state of the child's birth, to the extent known.
“Cross reference: See Code, Family Law Article, § 5-322 (e), setting forth the efforts necessary to support a finding that a reasonable, good faith effort has been made by a local department of social services to locate a parent.
“(d) Time for Service. Unless the court orders otherwise, a show cause order that is served in the manner provided by Rule 2-121 shall be served within 90 days after the date it is issued. If service is not made within that period, a new show cause order shall be issued at the request of the petitioner.
“(e) Notice of Objection. A show cause order served pursuant to Rule 2-121 shall be accompanied by two copies of a pre-captioned notice of objection form in substantially the form set forth in section (i) of this Rule.
“(f) Additional Notice in a Guardianship. The petitioner in an action for guardianship of a child who has been adjudicated a child in need of assistance in a prior juvenile proceeding shall also send a copy of the petition and show cause order by first class mail to each attorney who represented a parent and to the attorney who represented the child in the juvenile proceeding.
“(g) Notice of Change of Name. If the person to be adopted is an adult and the petitioner desires to change the name of the person to be adopted to a surname other than that of the petitioner, notice of a proposed change of name shall also be given in the manner provided in Rule 15-901.
“(h) Form of Show Cause Order. The show cause order shall be in substantially the following form:
“IMPORTANT
“THIS IS A COURT ORDER. IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE ORDER SAYS, HAVE SOMEONE EXPLAIN IT TO YOU. YOUR RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY IS EXPLAINED IN PARAGRAPH 3 OF THIS ORDER. IF YOU DO NOT MAKE SURE THAT THE COURT RECEIVES YOUR NOTICE OF OBJECTION ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE STATED IN PARAGRAPH 2 OF THIS ORDER, YOU HAVE AGREED TO A TERMINATION OF YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS.
IN THE MATTER OF A PETITION
IN THE
FOR
 
CIRCUIT COURT
(adoption/guardianship)
FOR
OF
 
 
(Name of individual who is
(county)
the subject of the proceeding)
 
(docket reference)
“SHOW CAUSE ORDER
“TO:
 
(name of person to be served)
 
 
(address, including county)
 
(relationship of person served to individual who is the subject of the proceeding)
“You are hereby notified that:
“1. Filing of Petition
“A petition has been filed for ________________(adoption/guardianship) of ___________________________________________________(name of individual who is the subject of the proceeding)
“who was born at _________________________________(birthplace)
on __________________(date of birth).
“(If the petition is for guardianship, include the following sentence: The petition was filed
by
 
(name of child placement agency seeking guardianship)
“2. Right to Object; Time For Objecting
“(A. This portion should be included when the show cause order is to be served pursuant to Rule 2-121.)
“If you wish to object to the _____________________,(adoption/guardianship)
you must file a notice of
“objection with the clerk of the court at _____________(address of courthouse)
“ within _______ days after this Order is served on you. For your convenience, a form notice of objection is attached to this Order.
“(B. This portion should be included when the show cause order is to be published or posted.)
“If you wish to object to the _____________________,(adoption/guardianship)
you must file a notice of
“objection with the clerk of the court on or before ___(date)
at ____________________(address of courthouse).
“WHETHER THE PETITION REQUESTS ADOPTION OR GUARDIANSHIP, IF YOU DO NOT MAKE SURE THAT THE COURT RECEIVES YOUR NOTICE OF OBJECTION ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE STATED ABOVE, YOU HAVE AGREED TO A TERMINATION OF YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS.
“3. Right to an Attorney.
“(a) You have the right to consult an attorney and obtain independent legal advice.
“(b) An attorney may already have been appointed for you based on statements in the petition. If an attorney has been appointed and has already contacted you, you should consult with that attorney.
“(c) If an attorney has not already contacted you, you may be entitled to have the court appoint an attorney for you if:
“(1) you are the person to be adopted and:
“(A) you are at least ten years old but are not yet 18; or
“(B) you are at least ten years old and have a disability that makes you incapable of consenting to the adoption or of participating effectively in the proceeding.
“(2) you are the person to be adopted or the person for whom a guardian is sought and the proceeding involves the involuntary termination of the parental rights of your parents.
“(3) you are a parent of the person to be adopted or for whom a guardian is sought and:
“(A) you are under 18 years of age; or
“(B) because of a disability, you are incapable of consenting to the adoption or guardianship or of participating effectively in the proceeding; or
“(C) you object to the adoption and cannot afford to hire an attorney because you are indigent.
“IF YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE ENTITLED TO HAVE THE COURT APPOINT AN ATTORNEY FOR YOU AND YOU WANT AN ATTORNEY, YOU MUST NOTIFY THE COURT BEFORE THE TIME YOUR NOTICE OF OBJECTION MUST BE FILED. IF YOU DO NOT MAKE SURE THAT THE COURT RECEIVES YOUR NOTICE OF OBJECTION ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE STATED, YOU HAVE AGREED TO A TERMINATION OF YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS.
“For your convenience, a request for appointment of an attorney is printed on the notice of objection form attached to this Order.
“(Omit the last sentence from a published or posted show cause order.)
“(d) If you are a parent of the person to be adopted, you are entitled to consult an attorney chosen by you, even if you are not entitled to an attorney appointed by the court. If you employ an attorney, you may be responsible for any fees and costs charged by that attorney unless this is an adoption proceeding and the adoptive parents agree to pay, or the court orders them to pay all or part of those fees or expenses.
“(e) If you wish further information concerning appointment of an attorney by the court or concerning adoption counseling and guidance, you may contact
 
(name of court official)
 
(address)
 
(telephone number)
“4. Option to Receive Adoption Counseling. If this is an adoption proceeding, you also may have the option to receive adoption counseling and guidance. You may have to pay for that service unless the adoptive parents agree to pay or the court orders them to pay all or part of those charges.
Date of issue:
 
 
(Judge)
“(i) Form of Notice of Objection. The notice of objection shall be in substantially the following form:
IN THE MATTER OF A PETITION
IN THE
FOR
 
CIRCUIT COURT
(adoption/guardianship)
FOR
OF
 
 
(Name of individual who is
(county)
the subject of the proceeding)
 
(docket reference)
“NOTICE OF OBJECTION
“(Instructions to the person served with the show cause order: IF YOU WISH TO OBJECT, YOU MUST MAKE SURE THAT THE COURT RECEIVES YOUR NOTICE OF OBJECTION ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE STATED IN THE SHOW CAUSE ORDER. You may use this form to do so. You need only sign this form, print or type your name, address, and telephone number underneath your signature, and mail or deliver it to the court at the address shown in paragraph 2 of the show cause order. IF THE COURT HAS NOT RECEIVED YOUR NOTICE OF OBJECTION ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE STATED, YOU HAVE AGREED TO A TERMINATION OF YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS. If you wish to state your reasons, you may state them on this sheet.)
“I object to the _________________________________(adoption/guardianship)
of the above-named individual. My reasons for “objecting are as follows:
 
 
 
 
“I do/do not want the Court to appoint an attorney to
(Circle one)
“represent me. If I circled that I do want the court to appoint an attorney for me, I believe that I am entitled to a court-appointed attorney because:
“(Check appropriate box or boxes)
“[ ] I am the person to be adopted and:
“[ ] I am at least ten years old but am not yet 18; or
“[ ] I am at least ten years old and I have a disability that makes me incapable of consenting to the adoption or of participating effectively in the proceeding; or
“[ ] the proceeding involves the involuntary termination of the parental rights of my parents.
“[ ] I am a parent of the person to be adopted or for whom a guardian is sought and:
“[ ] I am under 18 years of age; or
“[ ] because of a disability, I am incapable of consenting to the adoption or guardianship or of participating effectively in the proceeding; or
“[ ] I object to the adoption or guardianship and cannot afford to hire an attorney because I am indigent.
 
(Signature)
 
(Name, printed or typed)
 
(Address)
 
(Telephone number)
“Committee note: See Rule 9-103 (a). The caption of the petition designated in the show cause order is different from the caption of the case record referred to in Rule 9-103, which is kept by the clerk. The caption in the show cause order preserves the anonymity of the prospective adoptive parents. The caption in the case record preserves the anonymity of the adoptee.
“Source: This Rule is in part derived from former Rule D74 and is in part new.”
2012 Orders
The November 1, 2012, order deleted the obsolete citation to Code, Article 27A, § 4 in the cross reference following section (b), and replaced it with the updated citation to Code, Criminal Procedure Article, § 16-204.
Derivation:
Maryland Rule of Procedure D74, adopted Sept. 15, 1961, eff. Jan. 1, 1962, amended June 30, 1973, eff. July 1, 1973; amended eff. July 1, 1974; amended May 31, 1983, eff. July 1, 1983; April 6, 1984, eff. July 1, 1984; May 2, 1986, eff. July 1, 1986; June 3, 1988, eff. July 1, 1988, related to notice, rescinded June 5, 1996, eff. Jan. 1, 1997.
MD Rules, Rule 9-105, MD R FAM LAW ACT Rule 9-105
Current with amendments received through July 1, 2019.
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