What is the procedure for legal guardianship of a minor child?

Asked on August 24, 2011 Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

In order to be appointed as a guardian of a minor child or an incapacitated person (eldery, medically incapacitated) you need to fill out an application for appointment by the court. Generally these applications ask for your qualifications (relationship, etc., to the minor) and the reasons that you need to be appointed as the legal guardian (parents are natural guardians of their children but do need to be appointed in limited situations)  plus a filing fee and other court costs (sometimes for a medical exam or a psychological screening).  You will have to appear before a Judge for the hearing on the appointment.  It may be a good idea for you to consult with an attorney in your area on the matter.  Good luck.


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