Determining the Best Interests of the Child - Guam

Date: September 2023

Guiding Principles

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 19, § 5129 

This chapter shall be liberally construed to the end that each child within the jurisdiction of the court shall receive such care, guidance, and control, preferably in their home, as will enhance the child's welfare and be in the best interests of the Territory; then, when such child is removed from the control of their parents, the court shall secure such care as nearly equivalent as possible to that which should have been given to them by the parents.

 Best Interests Factors

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 19, § 13320

The court may consider any information relevant to the disposition of a case of child maltreatment that is in the best interests of the child, provided that the court shall determine initially whether the child's family home is a safe family home. 

Other Considerations

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.