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Legal Statutes: Maryland

UPDATED April 19, 2017

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Subtitle 1. General Provisions

back to top§ 9.5-104. International application of title

Foreign country same as state

(a) A court of this State shall treat a foreign country as if it were a state of the United States for the purpose of applying Subtitles 1 and 2 of this title.


Child custody determined by foreign country enforced

(b) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of this section, a child custody determination made in a foreign country under factual circumstances in substantial conformity with the jurisdictional standards of this title must be recognized and enforced under Subtitle 3 of this title.


Title not applicable if foreign country violates human rights

(c) A court of this State need not apply this title if the child custody law of a foreign country violates fundamental principles of human rights.



Added by Acts 2004, c. 502, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2004.