- County Government
- 14th Circuit Court
- What is limited guardianship?
- What parental rights and responsibilities does the parent have with limited guardianship?
- How important is the placement plan?
- What are the advantages of a limited guardianship?
- What can’t a limited guardian do?
- What is full guardianship?
- What are a full guardian’s responsibilities?
- When is a full guardian not responsible?
- What else do I need to know?
- What are the primary differences of a full and a limited guardianship?
- How is a guardianship terminated?
- What if I have other questions or need help understanding and / or filling out the forms?
General Directions for Filing Paperwork
- Pick up a Guardianship packet from Probate Court on the 5th floor of the Hall of Justice.
- Return completed papers to Probate Court. If it is determined this is a Family Court case, you will be referred to Circuit Court Records on the 6th floor to turn in the paperwork and to pay the filing fee of $160.
- You will be notified by letter, within 10 days, of your hearing date. Using this information you will then fill out the Notice of Hearing and mail it, along with a copy of the Petition, to all interested parties.
- Fill out the Proof of Service (per instruction packet) and bring it, along with the original Notice of Hearing, to Circuit Court Records.
If necessary, a home study will be held prior to the hearing. The cost of the home study is $60 and is paid in the Probate Court on the 5th floor. A certified copy of the Letters of Guardianship will be mailed to you after the hearing.
Interested parties are:
- The minor if 14 years of age or older
- Each person who has had the principal care and custody of the minor during the last 63 days
- The parents of the minor, or if neither of them is living, any grandparents and the adult presumptive heirs of the minor
- The nominated guardian