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.

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