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March 4, 2020

§ 1802. Definitions

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.

1. Grandparent. “Grandparent” is a parent of a child’s parent or the parent of the parent of a child’s parent. “Grandparent” includes a parent of a child’s parent whose parental rights have been terminated pursuant to Title 18-C, section 9-204 or Title 22, chapter 1071, subchapter 6,1 but only until the child’s adoption.

2. Sufficient existing relationship. “Sufficient existing relationship” means a relationship involving extraordinary contact between a grandparent and a child, including but not limited to circumstances in which the grandparent has been a primary caregiver and custodian of the child for a significant period of time.