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§ 5-3A-29. Petitioner

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 III. Adoption (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-3A-29
§ 5-3A-29. Petitioner
(a) Any adult may petition a court for an adoption under this subtitle.
Minimum period of placement
(b) A petitioner may petition for adoption of a child 180 days or more after a child placement agency places the child with the petitioner.
Marital status
(c)(1) If a petitioner under this section is married, the petitioner's spouse shall join in the petition unless the spouse:
(i) is separated from the petitioner under a circumstance that gives the petitioner a ground for annulment or divorce; or
(ii) is not competent to join in the petition.
(2) If the marital status of a petitioner changes before entry of a final order, the petitioner shall amend the petition accordingly.


Added by Acts 2005, c. 464, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2006.
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-3A-29, MD FAMILY § 5-3A-29
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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