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How Does Maryland Family Law Address Nonconsensual Adoptions?

By Schlaich & Thompson, Chartered |

Maryland family law generally recognizes a parent’s right to maintain custody over their children. In most circumstances, a parent must abandon their child or provide consent in order for an adoption to happen. In other situations, however, it is possible for the Maryland courts to place a child for adoption without parental consent. Though… Read More »

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The Mutual Consent Voluntary Adoption Registry in Maryland

By Schlaich & Thompson, Chartered |

Even though Maryland adoption laws safeguard the best interests of the children involved, there are cases where natural relatives want to reunite at a later point. That is why Maryland created the Mutual Consent Voluntary Adoption Registry (the “Adoption Registry”). Created by legal statute, this registry facilitates the exchange of confidential information between natural… Read More »

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What is an Independent Adoption in Maryland?

By Schlaich & Thompson, Chartered |

Orphanages and foster homes tend to dominate any discussion concerning adoption. Whether state-funded or privately run, these facilities house and care for a large number of orphaned children across Maryland and the United States. But those facilities are not the only source for prospective adoption in Maryland. Many adoptions occur outside of the orphanage… Read More »

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What are the Requirements for Adoption Requests in Maryland?

By Schlaich & Thompson, Chartered |

The legal process of adoption in Maryland involves many steps and requirements. Part of this stems from the rights of a natural parent. Absent extreme circumstances, a child’s natural parents — or their custodians or guardians — must consent to an adoption. Furthermore, the new adopting parents must go through a lengthy process to… Read More »

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