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Michigan Laws on Guardianships
Frequently Asked Questions
A: A guardian is someone who takes care of a child’s needs. This typically includes such things as shelter, education, food and medical care. Guardians also usually manage the finances of the child. Michigan has two types of guardianships: Limited and Full. Determining which one you need depends on the circumstances of the child and the child’s parents.
A: A limited guardianship requires the consent of a legal parent and involves a parenting plan which details the contact and support between a parent and child. Full guardianship is acquired without the consent of a parent and involves a scheduled visit from a worker from Child Protective Services. In addition, no parenting plan is put in involving support or visiting of the child by a parent.
A: I Filing fees range between $175 and $200.
A: A guardianship is perpetual but there is a form that needs to submitted yearly informing the court of how the child is doing in the home. In addition, a parent may petition the court to terminate the guardianship and a hearing would be held in front of a judge.
A: A guardian must first petition the court for permission to adopt the child. A notice must be served to all interested parties, such as the biological parents and the biological parents rights must be terminated either by consent or in a hearing in front to a judge.
A: You can retain our office for legal representation for a modest retainer fee. We will charge you an hourly fee thereafter for work performed. Payments are due on a monthly basis, for work performed after the retainer fee is exhausted. Most guardianships run between $1500.00 and $2000.00.