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§ 5-3B-20. Authority to grant adoption

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-20
§ 5-3B-20. Authority to grant adoption
A court may enter an order for adoption only if:
(1)(i) 1. each of the prospective adoptee's living parents consents:
A. in writing; or
B. by failure to timely file notice of objection after being served with a show-cause order in accordance with this subtitle;
2. an administrative, executive, or judicial body of a state or other jurisdiction has granted a governmental unit or person other than a parent the power to consent to adoption, and the unit or person consents; or
3. parental rights have been terminated in compliance with the laws of a state or other jurisdiction, as described in § 5-3B-04 of this subtitle; and
(ii) if the prospective adoptee is at least 10 years old, the prospective adoptee consents; or
(2) in accordance with § 5-3B-22 of this subtitle, the court orders adoption without consent otherwise required under this section.


Added as Family Law § 5-3B-19 by Acts 2005, c. 464, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2006. Renumbered as Family Law § 5-3B-20 by Acts 2006, c. 365, § 1, eff. June 1, 2006. Amended by Acts 2006, c. 365, § 2, eff. June 1, 2006.
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-3B-20, MD FAMILY § 5-3B-20
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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