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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§ 9-302. Jurisdiction over custody and visitation

Authority of court

(a) An equity court has jurisdiction over custody and visitation of a child who is removed from this State by a parent of the child, if:

(1) the parents are separated or divorced and this State was:
(i) the marital domicile of the parents; or
(ii) the domicile in which the marriage contract was last performed;
(2) 1 of the parents was a resident of this State when the child was removed and that parent continues to reside in this State; and
(3) the court obtains personal jurisdiction over the parent who removes the child.

Effect of section

(b) This section does not affect any other basis of an equity court's jurisdiction over custody and visitation of a child.




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