45.0423 Legal effects of final decree.

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(a) After the entry of a final decree of adoption, the petitioner and the adopted person sustain toward each other the legal relation of parent and child, including the rights of inheritance from each other, and have all the rights and be subject to all the duties of a child born in lawful wedlock to the petitioner.

(b) The natural parents are divested of all legal rights and obligations with respect to the child, and the adopted child is free from all legal obligations of obedience and maintenance with respect to the natural parents.

(c) Nothing in this chapter is to be construed to divest any natural parent or child of any legal right or obligation where the adopting parent is a stepparent and is married to the natural parent.

History: 1980, PL 16-71 § 1.

Research Guide: CRS 194-113, 17 ASC 602, 17 ASC 655.