When is guardianship of a minor in a child’s best interests? 


This procedure is typically used by grandparents, or a relative of a child who is not getting adequate care from one or both parents, or who is abused or is neglected.


The courts allow an individual, who has a relationship with the child, and who can prove that the child is neglected or abused by a parent or parents, to take his or her case to court and seek guardianship over that child.


Guardianship is not final, and can be terminated through a court procedure, or by agreement.  Guardianship is not the same as adoption.


Guardianship forms are free through court self-help websites.  However, the process involves a high degree of compliance and accuracy.  Idaho Family Law Forms Plain & Simple has created its own collection of forms, plus a roadmap to walk you through the process with accurate, court ready forms.


STEP ONE:  Starting the Case

  • Attorney Consultation

  • Petition for appointment of Guardian

  • Notice of Guardianship Petition and Hearing

  • Acceptance of Appointment by Guardian

  • Consent to Appointment of Guardian

  • Waive of Notice (optional)

  • Family Law Case Information sheet for Guardianship Cases


STEP TWO: For Temporary Guardianship

  • Motion for temporary guardianship

  • Letters of temporary guardianship

  • Order of temporary guardianship

  • Order Appointing Temporary Guardian

  • Notice of Temporary Guardianship


STEP THREE:  Finalizing the Guardianship

  • Order to Appoint Attorney or Guardian ad Litem

  • Judgment Appointing Guardian of Minor

  • Letters of Guardianship

  • Affidavit of Service

  • Idaho Family Law Forms Plain & Simple Instructions