Limited Minor Guardianships

Closing Procedures

  • Note: The Court is prohibited by law (Section 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 minor limited 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 minor turns age 18. There is no fee.
  • The Following Procedures Apply to Termination of a Limited Minor Guardianship Before the Child Turns age 18:
  • Filing Fee: $20 per child
    • Note: This fee may be waived if the person filing for termination of the Guardianship can show they are indigent.
  • Forms Used:
    • PC 675 (PDF), Petition to Terminate or Modify Guardianship; or
    • PC 651 (PDF), Petition for Appointment of (Full) Guardian of Minor

Who Can File

Only the custodial parent(s) of the child can file a Petition to Terminate a Limited Guardianship. If there are two custodial parents, both must sign the petition.

Any person interested in the child’s welfare can file a petition for the appointment of a full guardian for the minor.

Interested Persons

Only list new interested persons and / or change of addresses for any interested persons since the limited guardianship was opened. If you are filing a petition for a full minor guardianship, see Filing Procedures - Full Minor Guardianships for information on this procedure. If an interested person is not included or is not properly served, the hearing cannot be held. The interested persons in a petition to modify or terminate a limited 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.