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§ 9-305. Acts prohibited outside Maryland

West's Annotated Code of MarylandFamily LawEffective: October 1, 2009

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Family Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 9. Child Custody and Visitation (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3. Removal of Child from State; Child Abduction (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2009
MD Code, Family Law, § 9-305
§ 9-305. Acts prohibited outside Maryland
Prohibited acts; outside of this state
(a) If a child is under the age of 16 years, a relative who knows that another person is the lawful custodian of the child may not, with the intent to deprive the lawful custodian of the custody of the child:
(1) abduct, take, or carry away the child from the lawful custodian to a place in another state;
(2) having acquired lawful possession of the child, detain the child in another state for more than 48 hours after the lawful custodian demands that the child be returned;
(3) harbor or hide the child in another state knowing that possession of the child was obtained by another relative in violation of this section; or
(4) act as an accessory to an act prohibited by this section.
Prohibited acts; outside of the United States
(b) If a child is under the age of 16 years, a relative who knows that another person is the lawful custodian of the child may not, with the intent to deprive the lawful custodian of the custody of the child:
(1) abduct, take, or carry away the child from the lawful custodian to a place that is outside of the United States or a territory of the United States or the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico;
(2) having acquired lawful possession of the child, detain the child in a place that is outside of the United States or a territory of the United States or the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for more than 48 hours after the lawful custodian demands that the child be returned;
(3) harbor or hide the child in a place that is outside of the United States or a territory of the United States or the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico knowing that possession of the child was obtained by another relative in violation of this section; or
(4) act as an accessory to an act prohibited by this section.

Credits

Added by Acts 1984, c. 296, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 1984. Amended by Acts 1995, c. 227, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1995; Acts 2001, c. 505, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2001; Acts 2009, c. 666, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2009.
Formerly Art. 27, § 2A.

Editors' Notes

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES
2001 Legislation
Acts 2001, c. 505, § 1, rewrote this section, which previously read:
“If a child is under the age of 16 years, a relative who knows that another person is the lawful custodian of the child may not:
“(1) abduct, take, or carry away the child from the lawful custodian to a place outside of this State;
“(2) having acquired lawful possession of the child, detain the child outside of this State for more than 48 hours after the lawful custodian demands that the child be returned;
“(3) harbor or hide the child outside of this State knowing that possession of the child was obtained by another relative in violation of this section; or
“(4) act as an accessory to an act prohibited by this section.”
2009 Legislation
Acts 2009, c. 666, § 1, in subsecs. (a) and (b), inserted “, with the intent to deprive the lawful custodian of the custody of the child:”.
MD Code, Family Law, § 9-305, MD FAMILY § 9-305
Current through all legislation from the 2019 Regular Session of the General Assembly.
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