What are the grounds for petition for guardianship?

When you think you have both the interest and the grounds you should file a petition for guardianship under A.M. No. 03-02-05-SC Rule on Guardianship of Minors. This Rule amended Rules 92 to 97 of the Rules of Court pertaining to guardianship. The essential provisions of the Rule are:

Sec. 4. Grounds of petition. – The grounds for the appointment of a guardian over the person or property, or both, of a minor are the following:

(a) death, continued absence, or incapacity of his parents;

(b) suspension, deprivation or termination of parental authority;

(c) remarriage of his surviving parent, if the latter Is found unsuitable to exercise parental authority; or

(d) when the best interests of the minor so require.

Sec. 5. Qualifications of guardians. – In appointing a guardian, the court shall consider the guardian’s:

(a) moral character;

(b) physical, mental and psychological condition;

(c) financial status;

(d) relationship of trust with the minor;

(e) availability to exercise the powers and duties of a guardian for the full period of the guardianship;

(f) lack of conflict of interest with the minor; and

(g) ability to manage the property of the minor.

Sec. 6. Who may be appointed guardian of the person or property, or both, of a minor. –

In default of parents or a court-appointed guardian, the court may appoint a guardian of the person or property, or both, of a minor, observing as far as practicable, the following order of preference:

(a) the surviving grandparent and In case several grandparents survive, the court shall select any of them taking Into account all relevant considerations;

(b) the oldest brother or sister of the minor over twenty-one years of age, unless unfit or disqualified;

(c) the actual custodian of the minor over twenty-one years of age, unless unfit or disqualified; and

(d) any other person, who in the sound discretion of the court, would serve the best interests of the minor.

About Erineus

Born on December 28, 1965, Surallah, South Cotabato, Southern Mindanao, Philippines.
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