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 paragraph (1), a person born out of wedlock is a child of the mother; that person is also a child of the father if:
(i). The natural parents participated in a marriage ceremony before or after the birth of the child, even though the attempted marriage is void; or [1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW).]
(ii). The father adopts the child into his family; or [1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW).]
(iii). The father acknowledges in writing before a notary public that he is the father of the child, or the paternity is established by an adjudication before the death of the father or is established thereafter by clear and convincing proof, but the paternity established under this subparagraph is ineffective to qualify the father or his kindred to inherit from or through the child unless the father has openly treated the child as his and has not refused to support the child. [1987, c. 736, §37 (AMD).]
[ 1987, c. 736, §37 (AMD) .]
(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) .]
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).

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