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Legal Statutes: Maryland

UPDATED April 19, 2017

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Subtitle 3. Removal of Child from State; Child Abduction

back to top§ 9-301. Definitions

In general

(a) In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.

Lawful custodian

(b)(1) "Lawful custodian" means a person who is authorized to have custody of and exercise control over a child who is under the age of 16 years.

(2) "Lawful custodian" includes a person who is authorized to have custody by an order of a court of competent jurisdiction in this State or any other state.


(c) "Relative" means:

(1) a parent;
(2) a grandparent or other ancestor;
(3) a brother;
(4) a sister;
(5) an aunt;
(6) an uncle; or
(7) an individual who was a lawful custodian before the commission of an act that violates § 9-304 or § 9-305 of this subtitle.

Added by Acts 1984, c. 296, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 1984. Amended by Acts 1995, c. 227, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1995.