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Article - Family Law




§5–306.

    (a)    Unless a court excludes a man as the father of a child, a man is the father if:

        (1)    the man was married to the child’s mother at the time of the child’s conception;

        (2)    the man was married to the child’s mother at the time of the child’s birth;

        (3)    the man is named as the father on the child’s birth certificate and has not signed a denial of paternity;

        (4)    the child’s mother has named the man as the child’s father and the man has not signed a denial of paternity;

        (5)    the man has been adjudicated to be the child’s father;

        (6)    the man has acknowledged himself, orally or in writing, to be the child’s father and the mother agrees; or

        (7)    on the basis of genetic testing, the man is indicated to be the child’s biological father.

    (b)    (1)    A petitioner under Part II or Part III of this subtitle shall give a juvenile court notice that a man who is not named in the petition and has not been excluded as a father claims paternity.

        (2)    After a request of a party or claimant and before ruling on a petition under Part II or Part III of this subtitle, a juvenile court shall hold a hearing on the issue of paternity.