Filing for Guardianship over a Child

Short-Term Temporary Guardianship

If a child only needs a guardian for six months or less, the parents and guardians can sign temporary guardianship papers. This is a private agreement that does not require a judge's approval.  Read on for more information about how to put an informal, temporary guardianship in place.

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Court-Ordered Child Guardianship (With Parents' Consent)

If the parents and guardians agree that a guardianship will be needed indefinitely, they can file for permanent guardianship through the court. A long-term guardianship must be approved by a judge and typically lasts until the child turns 18.  Read on for more information about how to put a permanent guardianship in place.

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