COLORADO COURT OF APPEALS
February 3, 2000
Contrary to the view of the parties, we agree with the trial court that §15-14-207(3) authorizes appointment of a temporary guardian under the circumstances here.
After outlining the procedure for giving notice of the proceeding, §15-14-207, C.R.S. 1999, provides:
(2) Upon hearing, if the court finds that a qualified person seeks appointment, venue is proper, the required notices have been given, the requirements of section 15-14-204 have been met, and the welfare and best interests of the minor will be served by the requested appointment, it shall make the appointment. In other cases the court may dismiss the proceedings or make any other disposition of the matter that will best serve the interest of the minor.
(3) If necessary, the court may appoint a temporary guardian, with the status of an ordinary guardian of a minor, but the authority of a temporary guardian shall not last longer than nine months.
In our view, subsection 3 of §15-14-207 stands alone and does not incorporate the requirements of §15-14-204 for appointment of a permanent guardian. The purpose of the General Assembly must have been to provide for the case where a guardian's services are necessary temporarily even though a parent has not abandoned a child.