2016 Maryland Code
Family Law
Title 5 - Children
Subtitle 3B - Independent Adoption
Part II - Adoption Proceedings.
§ 5-3B-20. Authority to grant adoption

MD Fam L Code § 5-3B-20 (2016) What's This?

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.

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