2010 Maryland Code
Subtitle 1 - Intestate Succession
Section 3-112 - Abandonment or failure to support minor child.

§ 3-112. Abandonment or failure to support minor child.

(a)  Distribution precluded.- A surviving parent is not entitled under § 3-104 of this subtitle to a distribution of the net estate of a minor child of the parent if the parent: 

(1) Abandoned the child; or 

(2) Willfully failed to contribute to the support of the child for at least 3 consecutive years immediately preceding the death of the child or for the life of the child, whichever is less. 

(b)  Conduct demonstrating abandonment.- A parent shall be deemed to have abandoned a minor child under subsection (a)(1) of this section if the conduct of the parent demonstrates a settled purpose willfully and intentionally to relinquish all parental rights and duties with respect to the child and to renounce and forsake the child entirely. 

[2001, ch. 582.] 

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