Obtaining guardianship of a minor can be a tedious process. In some states such as Arizona, Washington, and Minnesota, there are a dozen forms to fill out to start guardianship. Other areas have separate packets for limited or full guardianship, or for temporary and permanent guardianship. It is advisable that you consult with the probate and family court in the county where the child lives to make sure that you are filling out the right forms.
Limited Guardianship Forms
Limited guardianship is usually initiated by a parent of the child. To legally appoint a limited guardianship, the parent should have legal custody of the child. In limited guardianship the guardian is not allowed to give consent to marriage or adoption. The form requirements for limited guardianship are the following: Petition for Appointment of Limited Guardian of Minor, Limited Guardianship Placement Plan, DHS Record Check, Minor Guardianship Social History, Declaration of Party Seeking Order Regarding Minor Child, Parental Attendance Form, and Declaration of Inquiry.
Full Guardianship Forms
Anyone can appoint full guardianship of a minor as long as that individual meets certain criteria. In this category the guardian is allowed to give consent to marriage or adoption. You will need the following forms to acquire full guardianship: Petition for Appointment of Guardian of Minor, DHS Record Check, Minor Guardianship Social History, Declaration of Party Seeking Order Regarding Minor Child, Declaration of Inquiry, and Acceptance of Appointment.
Annual Report Form
Once the guardianship is granted to the petitioner and the child is finally in custody, the guardian will be required to submit an annual report form. The purpose of this form is to update the court about the child's well being. The form is called Annual Report of Guardian on Condition of Minor.
Termination of Guardianship
If for some legitimate reason, you decide to terminate your guardianship, you need to request the court’s permission. Fill out the Petition to Terminate or Modify Guardianship form and send it to the court. A hearing will be scheduled.
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