How to become a guardian
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1. Start a guardianship case
Fill out and file papers to ask to be a guardian. You will get a court date.
2. Notify family members
Let the child's parents and other close relatives know about your request by having a copy of court papers given to them. This is called giving notice.
The court will appoint someone to do an investigation, meet with you, and check your background. The investigator will write a report for the judge.
4. Prepare for and go to your court date
Prepare for and go to your court date. The judge will make a decision.