Minor guardianships are court-supervised procedures which permit a grandparent or other concerned individual to become a child’s guardian. The court may appoint a guardian for a person under the age of eighteen years, who is need of an adult, other than the parents, to make legal decisions for the care of a minor. Applicants must be screened for suitability, but once established, the guardianship ends only upon the child’s reaching eighteen years of age, or if the court determines that the need for guardianship has ended.
A guardian of a minor must protect and control the ward, use the ward’s estate to provide suitable maintenance and education for the ward, and obey the orders of the probate court concerning the guardianship. The court must approve all payments made from the ward’s estate for the support, maintenance, and education of the ward.
The guardian of a minor may authorize medical, health, or other professional care for the ward unless the ward or an interested party objects to the court or the court orders otherwise.
A guardian of a minor is responsible for “control of such child and shall have the power to exercise parental control and authority over such child.” Revised Code Section 2151.411 describes the circumstances under with a guardian is liable for the acts of a delinquent child, including when the guardian must file a bond.
A minor ward must attend school in the school district where the guardian resides. However, a guardianship WILL NOT be granted for school purposes only.
Minor Guardianship forms:
15.3 Guardian’s Bond