Minor Guardianships

Guardianships For Minors

What is a guardian of a minor? 

With some exceptions, a guardian takes on the role of a parent, providing for the care and custody of the minor and making decisions concerning where the minor lives, where he or she goes to school, and what medical procedures are in the minors best interest.

(A special type of minor guardianship called a limited guardianship can be created if the parents or parent who has custody of the minor themselves petition, voluntarily suspend their parental rights, and submit a placement plan which would govern the guardianship.  If you are interested in this type of guardianship, please go to Limited Guardianship for a Minor on this web site.) 

Petition of Appointment for Minor Guardianship

Filing the petition and the Social History form
In order to ask the court for a guardian you must complete a Petition for Appointment of Guardian of Minor (PC651) and file it with the court.  A Minor Guardianships Social History (PC670) form must also be completed by the person who wants to be guardian(s) and filed with the petition.  *The Social History form will be kept confidential. 

Filing Fee
In order to file a petition for guardianship you must pay a $175 filing fee (cash, check, money order and credit and debit payments).  Make any check or money order out to "Ingham County Probate Court".  There is a service fee when using a credit card.

After Filing the Petition two things must be done:

When you file your petition for guardianship, a hearing date will be set and there will be some other things you will need to do, including the following:

  • Serve notice of the hearing on your petition, along with the petition filed to all interested parties (including publishing notice on any interested person whose whereabouts are unknown)
  • Must file a Proof of Service indicating you have informed interested parties of the hearing and petition in a timely manner (including publishing notice on any interested person whose whereabouts are unknown).
Both original Notice of Hearing and Proof of Service will need to be submitted to Probate Court prior to the hearing date.

Certification Fee:
Pursuant to MCL 600.2546, certified copies are $1 per page plus a $10 fee for certification.


More details on what to do after you file your petition are available at Guardianships for Minors: Service Information.