2016 Maryland Code
Family Law
Title 5 - Children
Subtitle 3B - Independent Adoption
Part II - Adoption Proceedings.
§ 5-3B-13. Petition

MD Fam L Code § 5-3B-13 (2016) What's This?

(a) Eligible adoptee. -- Any adult or minor may be adopted under this subtitle.

(b) Petitioner. --

(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.

(c) Pending case. -- 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.

(d) Amended petition. -- If the marital status of a petitioner changes before entry of an order under this subtitle, the petitioner shall amend the petition accordingly.

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