Limited Minor Guardianships
- 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:
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.
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.
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.