In re Guardianship of StevensonAnnotate this Case
Daughter was born with cerebral palsy and developmental disabilities. Daughter's Father and Mother later divorced. After Daughter turned eighteen, a California court appointed Mother as Daughter's guardian and conservator. Mother subsequently moved to South Dakota with her new husband and Daughter. Thereafter, Father sought to end Mother's role as guardian and conservator. After a hearing, a South Dakota circuit court terminated Mother's appointment as guardian and conservator for Daughter, finding that Mother failed adequately to address Daughter's obesity and transition to more independent living. Mother appealed. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the circuit court did not abuse its discretion in (1) preventing Mother from questioning attorneys appointed to represent Daughter about certain statements attorneys made in an investigative report, as the report was not entered into evidence at the hearing; and (2) removing Mother as Daughter's guardian and conservator, as Mother did not make significant progress toward the goal of moving Daughter into an independent residential living situation and failed promptly and aggressively to manage the issue of Daughter's weight.