What will the guardianship hearing be like?

Guardianship hearings are all different, so there’s no way to know exactly what the hearing would be like.  If the child’s parents, grandparents, and brothers and sisters over the age of 12 agree to the guardianship, the hearings are usually simple.  If someone objects to the guardianship, it will be more complicated.

The older the child is, the more likely the judge is to consider what the child’s wants.  The judge may ask the child if the child wants the proposed guardian to be his/her guardian and why.  The judge may ask the child or the proposed guardian other questions as the judge tries to figure out what is best for the child.