Who can request a guardianship of a minor?
Any person, including a minor, that is interested in the welfare of the child can petition for appointment of a guardian.
Who can become a guardian?
You must be at least 18 years old to be a guardian and live in the United States. The court will check your criminal record and make sure you do not have a record of child abuse or neglect. The judge will need to decide that you are able to be a guardian and that your appointment will be in the best interest of the child. He or she will appoint a person chosen by a child over 14 years old unless that would not be in the best interest of the child.
Guardians and Caregivers of Minors
- Guardians of Children and Other Non-Parent Caregivers
- Who Can Request a Guardianship of a Minor? Who Can Become a Guardian?
- Where Do I File for Guardianship of a Minor?
- What Forms Do I File for Guardianship of a Minor?
- The Guardianship Process
- Getting Help with Filing for Guardianship
- After You Are Named Guardian of a Minor
- More Information about Caregivers and Guardians