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§ 5-301. Definitions

West's Annotated Code of MarylandFamily LawEffective: October 1, 2017

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 I. General Provisions (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2017
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-301
§ 5-301. Definitions
In general
(a) In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b) “Caregiver” means a person with whom a child resides and who exercises responsibility for the welfare of the child.
(c) “Child” means an individual who is the subject of a guardianship or adoption petition under this subtitle.
Developmental disability
(d) “Developmental disability” has the meaning stated in § 3-801 of the Courts Article.
(e) “Guardianship” means an award, under this subtitle, of any power of a guardian.
Identifying information
(f) “Identifying information” means information that reveals the identity or location of an individual.
(g)(1) “Parent” means an individual who, at the time a petition for guardianship is filed under this subtitle or at any time before a court terminates the individual's parental rights:
(i) meets a criterion in § 5-306(a) of this subtitle; or
(ii) is the mother.
(2) “Parent” does not include an individual whom a court has adjudicated not to be a father or mother of a child.
(h) “Party” means:
(1) in a guardianship case under this subtitle:
(i) the child;
(ii) except as provided in § 5-326(a)(3)(iii) of this subtitle, the child's parent; and
(iii) the local department to which the child is committed;
(2) in an adoption case under Part III of this subtitle:
(i) the child;
(ii) the child's parent; and
(iii) the individual seeking adoption;
(3) in an adoption case under Part IV of this subtitle:
(i) the child; and
(ii) the individual seeking adoption; and
(4) if express reference is made to a CINA case, a governmental unit or person defined as a party in § 3-801 of the Courts Article.


Added by Acts 2005, c. 464, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2006. Amended by Acts 2017, c. 655, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2017.
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-301, MD FAMILY § 5-301
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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