Filing for Guardianship over a Child
Short-Term Temporary Guardianship
A temporary guardianship might be an option if:
- You only need a temporary guardianship for 6 months or less; AND
- The parents will sign and notarize a temporary guardianship agreement. Only one parent’s signature is needed if the other parent is deceased, unknown, has no legal rights, or has had their parental rights terminated; AND
- If the child is 14 or older, the child will sign the agreement.
If all of the above apply, you may be able to avoid a court order and get a temporary guardianship instead. A temporary guardianship agreement is a private agreement that does not require a judge's approval.
A temporary guardianship takes effect the day that all required parties sign the document, and automatically expires six months after that date if no sooner date is given. If a guardianship is still needed after six months, the parties can sign another temporary guardianship agreement or they can file for permanent guardianship through the court.
You can attend a FREE GUARDIANSHIP CLASS where you can learn the basics of guardianship law and the court procedures you need to know. Classes are available to anyone, regardless of income, and regardless of whether you have an attorney. You'll receive a class manual and some great tips to help you represent yourself. Visit Free Classes for more information.