Guardianship of a Minor

Published 2011

There may be different requirements for a Guardian of a minor depending upon the reasons for their appointment.

Parents might write in their will who their child's Guardian shall be if they die before the child reaches the age of majority. A Court may be petitioned to appoint a Guardian when parental rights have been suspended or terminated. These types of guardianships follow the same process as adult guardianships.

State statutes say a Guardian of a minor has the powers and responsibilities of a parent who has not been deprived of custody of a minor child. Appointment of a Guardian for a minor shall not relieve the parents from their obligation to provide for the minor.

Another circumstance exists when a Guardian may be appointed for a minor when a county attorney charges a parent with being unfit or unable to continue to raise the child and the child is placed with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Publication Details


Eileen M Krumbach

John D. DeFrain

Dianne M. Swanson

Mary Evans


Youth & Families


Publication Date January 01, 2006
Last Revision Date November 28, 2011
Language English


Series NebGuide