• Current through October 23, 2012

(a) The father and mother are the natural guardians of the person of their minor children. When either dies or is incapable of acting, the natural guardianship of the person devolves upon the other.

(b) This section does not affect the power of a court of competent jurisdiction to appoint another person guardian of the children when it appears to the court that the welfare of the children requires it.

(Sept. 14, 1965, 79 Stat. 737, Pub. L. 89-183, § 1.)


Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 21-101.

1973 Ed., § 21-101.

Miscellaneous Notes

Section 33(a) of D.C. Law 15-354, as amended by section 48(a) of D.C. Law 16- 191, provides that Title 21 is designated Title 21 of the District of Columbia Official Code.