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§ 5-3A-08. Agreement for postadoption contact

West's Annotated Code of MarylandFamily Law

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Family Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 5. Children (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3a. Private Agency Guardianship and Adoption (Refs & Annos)
Part I. General Provisions (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-3A-08
§ 5-3A-08. Agreement for postadoption contact
Authorized
(a)(1) A prospective adoptive parent and parent of a prospective adoptee under this subtitle may enter into a written agreement to allow contact, after the adoption, between:
(i) the parent or other relative of the adoptee; and
(ii) the adoptee or adoptive parent.
(2) An adoptive parent and former parent of an adoptee under this subtitle may enter into a written agreement to allow contact between:
(i) a relative or former parent of the adoptee; and
(ii) the adoptee or adoptive parent.
Construction of agreement
(b) An agreement made under this section applies to contact with an adoptee only while the adoptee is a minor.
Dissemination; redaction
(c) An individual who prepares an agreement described in subsection (a)(1) of this section:
(1) shall provide a copy to each party in a case pending as to the prospective adoptee under this subtitle; and
(2) if the agreement so provides, shall redact identifying information from all copies.
Effect of noncompliance
(d) Failure to comply with a condition of an agreement made under this section is not a ground for revoking consent to, or setting aside an order for, adoption or guardianship.
Mediation
(e) If a dispute as to an agreement made under this section arises, a court may order the parties to engage in mediation to try to resolve the dispute.
Enforcement
(f)(1) A court shall enforce a written agreement made in accordance with this section unless enforcement is not in the adoptee's best interests.
(2) If a party moves to modify a written agreement made in accordance with this section and satisfies the court that modification is justified because an exceptional circumstance has arisen and the court finds modification to be in an adoptee's best interests, the court may modify the agreement.

Credits

Added by Acts 2005, c. 464, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2006.
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-3A-08, MD FAMILY § 5-3A-08
Current through all legislation from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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