Ga. Code § 29-3-7

Current through 2023-2024 Legilslative Session Chapter 3
Section 29-3-7 - Preference among individuals for appointment of conservator; court's ability to ignore preference for best interest of minor
(a) The court shall appoint as conservator that person who shall best serve the interest of the minor considering the following order of preferences:
(1) The individual who is the preference of a minor who is 14 years of age or older;
(2) The nearest adult relative of the minor as set forth in Code Section 53-2-1;
(3) Other adult relatives of the minor;
(4) Other adults who are related to the minor by marriage;
(5) A person who was designated in writing by a minor's natural guardian in a notarized document or document witnessed by two or more persons;
(6) A person who has provided care or support for the minor or with whom the minor has lived; or
(7) The county guardian.
(b) The court may disregard an individual who has preference and appoint a person who has a lower preference or no preference. In determining what is in the best interest of the minor, the court may take into account any facts and circumstances presented to it, including the statement of a minor who is under 14 years of age.

OCGA § 29-3-7

Amended by 2011 Ga. Laws 245,§ 29, eff. 5/13/2011.
Added by 2004 Ga. Laws 460, § 1, eff. 7/1/2005.