West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Family Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 5. Children (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3. Guardianship to and Adoption Through Local Department (Refs & Annos)
Part IV. Adoption After Termination of Parental Rights (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-352
§ 5-352. Order for adoption
Effect on parent-child relationship
(a)(1) This subsection does not limit the right of an individual to provide for distribution of property by will.
(2) Except as provided in § 2-123 of the Real Property Article, after a juvenile court enters an order for adoption under this Part IV of this subtitle:
1. is the child of the adoptive parent for all intents and purposes; and
2. is entitled to all of the rights and privileges of and is subject to all of the obligations of offspring born to the adoptive parent;
(ii) each of the adoptee's living parents is:
1. relieved of all parental duties and obligations to the adoptee; and
2. divested of all parental rights as to the adoptee; and
(iii) the Estates and Trusts Article shall govern all of the rights of inheritance between the adoptee and parental relatives.
(b) An order for adoption under this Part IV of this subtitle terminates all pending guardianship cases as to the adoptee.
(c) Adoption of an adult has the same legal effect as adoption of a minor.
(d)(1) When a juvenile court enters an order for a child's adoption under this Part IV of this subtitle, the juvenile court shall send notice to:
(i) each juvenile court that has a pending guardianship case as to the adoptee;
(ii) each of the child's living, former parents who has not waived the right to notice;
(iii) the former parent's last attorney of record in the guardianship case; and
(iv) the child's last attorney of record in the guardianship case.
(2) Service on a former parent under this subsection shall be at the parent's last address known to the juvenile court.
Added by Acts 2005, c. 464, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2006. Amended by Acts 2006, c. 365, §§ 1, 2, eff. June 1, 2006.
Current with legislation effective through June 1, 2023, from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.