Maine Revised Statutes

§2-109. Meaning of child and related terms

If, for purposes of intestate succession, a relationship of parent and child must be established to determine succession by, through, or from a person: [1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW).]

(1).    An adopted person is the child of an adopting parent and not of the natural parents except that an adopted child inherits from the natural parents and their respective kin if the adoption decree so provides, and except that adoption of a child by the spouse of a natural parent has no effect on the relationship between the child and either natural parent. If a natural parent wishes an adopted child to inherit from the natural parents and their respective kin, the adoption decree must provide for that status;
[ 1993, c. 686, §1 (AMD); 1993, c. 686, §13 (AFF) .]
(2).    In cases not covered by subsection (1), legal parentage of a child is determined under Title 19-A, chapter 61.
(i). [2015, c. 296, Pt. C, §3 (RP); 2015, c. 296, Pt. D, §1 (AFF).]
(ii). [2015, c. 296, Pt. C, §3 (RP); 2015, c. 296, Pt. D, §1 (AFF).]
(iii). [2015, c. 296, Pt. C, §3 (RP); 2015, c. 296, Pt. D, §1 (AFF).]
[ 2015, c. 296, Pt. C, §3 (AMD); 2015, c. 296, Pt. D, §1 (AFF) .]
(3).    A divorce or judicial separation does not bar the issue of the marriage from inheriting.
[ 1995, c. 694, Pt. C, §6 (NEW); 1995, c. 694, Pt. E, §2 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW). 1987, c. 736, §37 (AMD). 1993, c. 686, §1 (AMD). 1993, c. 686, §13 (AFF). 1995, c. 694, §C6 (AMD). 1995, c. 694, §E2 (AFF). 2015, c. 296, Pt. C, §3 (AMD). 2015, c. 296, Pt. D, §1 (AFF).