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Temporary Guardianships for Minors

What is a temporary guardian?


A temporary guardianship allows a parent to take some action on behalf of their child without going through the formalities required by law when changing custody.  Temporary guardianships allow parents to place a child with a friend or relative to provide temporary care for the child until the parent is able to begin caring for the child again.  Temporary guardianships also give the guardians authority to enroll the child in school, seek medical treatment, and add them to the guardian's insurance.

Does a parent lose rights when a temporary guardianship is created? 


Temporary guardianships do not terminate any legal relationship between the parent and the child. The only thing that changes during a temporary guardianship is who has the responsibility for providing day-to-day care for the child.

What happens if a parent objects to the guardianship?


If a parent objects to the guardianship, the court may decide to dismiss the guardianship, hold a hearing to determine whether a guardianship should be ordered or continued, or hold a hearing to determine who should be the guardian.

Who can be a guardian?


Any person who already has physical custody of the child has the right to file for temporary guardianship with the probate court.

What are the responsibilities of a temporary guardian?


The temporary guardian must provide food and shelter for the child while they're under his or her care. The temporary guardian also needs to make sure the child gets medical treatment when needed.

How long does a temporary guardianship last?
Temporary guardianships can last until the child reaches the age of 18. However, a parent may petition the court to terminate the guardianship at any time.


Do I need to hire a lawyer?


If you have decided to pursue guardianship of a child, a lawyer can help you understand how to establish guardianship and what steps must be taken before doing so. You'll also learn more about the process involved and whether there are alternatives to establishing guardianship.


We understand how difficult life can become when you find yourself dealing with an issue involving your children. We know that these situations can cause stress and anxiety which often lead to further problems. If you need help understanding your rights and responsibilities regarding your children, please contact us today so we can discuss your options. Our experienced attorneys are here to provide compassionate guidance and representation throughout every step of your case.

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