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Statute Text

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Article - Family Law
§5–3B–06.  
(a)    (1)   In a case under this subtitle, a court shall appoint an attorney to represent a parent who:
(i)   has a disability that makes the parent incapable of effectively participating in the case; or
(ii)   when the parent must decide whether to consent to adoption, is still a minor.
(2)   To determine whether a disability makes a parent incapable of effectively participating in a case, a court, on its own motion or on motion of a party, may order examination of the parent.
(b)    (1)   In a case under this subtitle, a court shall appoint an attorney to represent a prospective adoptee who:
(i)   has a disability that makes the prospective adoptee incapable of effectively participating in the case; and
(ii)   when the prospective adoptee must decide whether to consent to adoption, is at least 10 years old.
(2)   To determine whether a disability makes a prospective adoptee incapable of effectively participating in a case, a court, on its own motion or on motion of a party, may order examination of the prospective adoptee.
(c)   An attorney or firm:
(1)   may represent more than one party in a case under this subtitle only if the Maryland Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct allow; and
(2)   may not represent a prospective adoptive parent and parent in the same adoption case.
(d)   Counsel appointed under this section may be compensated for reasonable fees, as approved by the court.