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§ 5-3B-13. Petition

West's Annotated Code of MarylandFamily Law

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Family Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 5. Children (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3b. Independent Adoption (Refs & Annos)
Part II. Adoption Proceedings (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-3B-13
§ 5-3B-13. Petition
Eligible adoptee
(a) Any adult or minor may be adopted under this subtitle.
(b)(1) Any adult may petition a court for adoption.
(2) If a petitioner 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;
(ii) is not competent to join in the petition; or
(iii) 1. is a parent of the prospective adoptee; and
2. has consented to the adoption in accordance with this subtitle.
Pending case
(c) Before a petition is filed under this subtitle, a petitioner shall move for, and a court shall order that, a case pending under Subtitle 3 of this title be closed.
Amended petition
(d) If the marital status of a petitioner changes before entry of an order under this subtitle, the petitioner shall amend the petition accordingly.


Added by Acts 2005, c. 464, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2006.
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-3B-13, MD FAMILY § 5-3B-13
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.
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