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Legal Statutes: Maryland

UPDATED April 19, 2017

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Subtitle 2. Jurisdiction

back to top§ 9.5-202. Exclusive, continuing jurisdiction

Exclusive, continuing jurisdiction

(a) Except as otherwise provided in § 9.5-204 of this subtitle, a court of this State that has made a child custody determination consistent with § 9.5-201 or § 9.5-203 of this subtitle has exclusive, continuing jurisdiction over the determination until:

(1) a court of this State determines that neither the child, the child and one parent, nor the child and a person acting as a parent have a significant connection with this State and that substantial evidence is no longer available in this State concerning the child's care, protection, training, and personal relationships; or
(2) a court of this State or a court of another state determines that the child, the child's parents, and any person acting as a parent do not presently reside in this State.

Modification

(b) A court of this State that has made a child custody determination and does not have exclusive, continuing jurisdiction under this section may modify that determination only if it has jurisdiction to make an initial determination under § 9.5-201 of this subtitle.



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