2018 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 45a - Probate Courts and Procedure
Chapter 802h - Protected Persons and Their Property
Section 45a-617 - (Formerly Sec. 45-45b). Appointment of guardian, coguardians or permanent guardian of the person of a minor.

Universal Citation: CT Gen Stat § 45a-617 (2018)

When appointing a guardian, coguardians or permanent guardian of the person of a minor, the court shall take into consideration the following factors: (1) The ability of the prospective guardian, coguardians or permanent guardian to meet, on a continuing day to day basis, the physical, emotional, moral and educational needs of the minor; (2) the minor's wishes, if he or she is over the age of twelve or is of sufficient maturity and capable of forming an intelligent preference; (3) the existence or nonexistence of an established relationship between the minor and the prospective guardian, coguardians or permanent guardian; and (4) the best interests of the child. There shall be a rebuttable presumption that appointment of a grandparent or other relative related by blood or marriage as a guardian, coguardian or permanent guardian is in the best interests of the minor child.

(P.A. 79-460, S. 12; P.A. 96-238, S. 18, 25; P.A. 09-185, S. 5; June 12 Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-1, S. 279.)

History: Sec. 45-45b transferred to Sec. 45a-617 in 1991; P.A. 96-238 added references to coguardians, allowed the court to take into consideration a minor's wishes, if he or she is over the age of 12 and required consideration of the best interests of the child, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 09-185 added provision re applying rebuttable presumption concerning appointment of grandparent or other relative as guardian; June 12 Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-1 added references to permanent guardian and made a technical change.

See Sec. 52-60 re appointment of probate judge as attorney for nonresident fiduciary.

Annotation to former section 45-45b:

Cited. 193 C. 393.

Annotations to present section:

Cited. 237 C. 233.

Cited. 44 CS 169.

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