Guardianship for Minors

Closing Procedures 

  • Note: The Court is prohibited by law (Sec. 1211 of the Estates and Protected Individuals Code [EPIC]) from providing legal advice and completing forms. This item provides general information concerning the closing procedures for full minor guardianships and may be useful as a guide. If you have any questions, consider contacting an attorney for assistance.
  • Closing upon Minor Turning age 18: The Court automatically terminates the guardianship when the ward turns age 18. There is no fee.
  • The Following Procedures Apply to Termination of a Full Minor Guardianship Before the Child Turns age 18:
  • Filing Fee: $20 per child
    • Note: This fee may be waived if the person filing for Guardianship can show they are indigent.
  • Forms Used:

Interested Persons

Only list new interested persons and\or change of addresses for any interested persons since the guardianship was opened. If an interested person is not included or is not properly served, the hearing cannot be held. The interested persons in a petition to terminate or modify a full minor guardianship are:

  • The minor, if 14 years of age or older
  • If known, each person who had the principal care and custody of the minor during the 63 days before the petition was filed
  • The parents of the minor or, if neither of them is living, any grandparents and the adult presumptive heirs of the minor
  • The guardian

In guardianship cases, if a party is incarcerated under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Corrections, their name, address, and prisoner number must be listed on the petition to obtain this information, call 517-373-0284.

Hearing Date

Your Petition will be set for hearing by the Court. Typically, the hearing date is 6 to 8 weeks after the petition is filed. You, the Petitioner, must attend the hearing or your Petition will be dismissed.

Guardian ad Litem / Attorney

The Court may appoint a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) to investigate the situation and make a recommendation to the Court prior to the hearing. The GAL is not an employee of the Court but a licensed practicing attorney assigned by the Court.