2013 ORS § 419B.366¹
Guardianship
  • motion
  • procedure

(1) A party, or a person granted rights of limited participation for the purpose of filing a guardianship motion, may file a motion to establish a guardianship. The motion must be in writing and state with particularity the factual and legal grounds for the motion.

(2) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (3) of this section, the facts supporting any finding made or relief granted under this section must be established by a preponderance of evidence.

(3) If an Indian child is involved, the guardianship must be in compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act. The facts supporting any finding made to establish a guardianship for an Indian child, including the finding that continued custody by the parents or Indian custodian would result in serious emotional or physical harm to the Indian child, must be established by clear and convincing evidence.

(4) In a proceeding under this section, the court may receive testimony and reports as provided in ORS 419B.325 (Disposition required).

(5) If the court has approved a plan of guardianship under ORS 419B.476 (Conduct of hearing), the court may grant the motion for guardianship if the court determines, after a hearing, that:

(a) The ward cannot safely return to a parent within a reasonable time;

(b) Adoption is not an appropriate plan for the ward;

(c) The proposed guardian is suitable to meet the needs of the ward and is willing to accept the duties and authority of a guardian; and

(d) Guardianship is in the wards best interests. In determining whether guardianship is in the wards best interests, the court shall consider the wards wishes.

(6) Unless vacated pursuant to ORS 419B.368 (Review, modification or vacation of guardianship order), a guardianship established under this section continues as long as the ward is subject to the courts jurisdiction as provided in ORS 419B.328 (Ward of the court). [2003 c.229 §2; 2007 c.333 §2]