About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

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The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - Family Law
(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 this subtitle shall give a 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 for adoption under this subtitle, a court shall hold a hearing on the issue of paternity.