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October 31, 2023

19-9-2. Right of surviving parent to custody of child

Upon the death of either parent, the survivor is entitled to custody of the child; provided, however, that the judge, upon petition:

(1) May exercise discretion as to the custody of the child, looking solely to the child’s best interest and welfare; and

(2) In the case of a surviving parent being criminally indicted for the offense of murder or voluntary manslaughter of the other parent, can proceed in the court’s discretion.