TITLE 13

Domestic Relations

CHAPTER 23. GUARDIANSHIP OF A CHILD

Subchapter IV. Powers and Duties of a Guardian


(a) The Court shall grant to the guardian of the child such powers, rights and duties which are necessary to protect, manage and care for the child.

(b) The guardian of the child may exercise the same powers, rights and duties respecting the care, maintenance and treatment of the child as a parent would, except that the guardian of the child is not liable to third persons for acts of the child solely by reason of the guardianship relationship.

(c) Except as modified by the order of guardianship and without qualifying the foregoing, a guardian of the person has the following powers and duties:

(1) The guardian is entitled to custody of the child and may establish the child's place of abode within or without this State.

(2) The guardian shall provide the child with:

a. A physically and emotionally healthy and safe living environment and daily care;

b. Education; and

c. All necessary and appropriate medical treatment, including but not limited to medical, dental and psychiatric examinations, treatment and/or surgery.

(3) The guardian shall make decisions regarding:

a. Education;

b. Travel;

c. All necessary and appropriate medical treatment, including but not limited to medical, dental and psychiatric examinations, treatment and/or surgery;

d. The child's right to marry or enlist in the armed forces;

e. Representation of the child in legal actions; and

f. Any other matter that involves the child's welfare and upbringing.

(4) The guardian shall:

a. Be responsible for the health, education and welfare of the child;

b. Comply will all terms of any Court order to provide the child's parents with visitation, contact or information.

(d) The Court, in its discretion, may expressly limit the duties and powers of the guardian as set forth in this chapter.

(e) No bond shall be required from any guardian appointed under this chapter.

73 Del. Laws, c. 150, § 1; 73 Del. Laws, c. 360, § 5.;