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.

To create a short-term guardianship, the guardians and both parents must 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. If the child is age 14 or older, the child must also sign the agreement.

A temporary guardianship lasts for a maximum of six months. It 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.

*A temporary guardianship agreement may not work for all purposes.*  Usually, it cannot be used to get medical insurance for a child or permit medical treatment.  A permanent court-order is usually needed for these issues.

Six-Month Temporary Guardianship Agreement (pdf fillable)



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.