There is nothing more important for many Connecticut residents than their children. Many Connecticut parents would do virtually anything for their children. Yet, many individuals may have failed to take the very basic precaution of appointing a guardian for their child in the event of the parents' death.
When the parents have not selected a guardian, the probate court handles the appointment of a guardian of a minor child. This court will consider a number of factors in determining whom to appoint as a guardian for a child.
These factors are geared toward appointing a person who can care for the child appropriately, including providing the necessary emotional, physical and educational care needed to raise the child. Typically, if a minor child is over 12 years of age, the court also will take into consideration the child's wishes.