A guardian of a minor is an individual appointed by the court who has legal custody of the person or property or both of the minor. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends can file for guardianship of a minor. A guardian of the person, once appointed by the Superior Court Judge, has all of the rights and duties of a parent, including provision of food, clothing and shelter, safety and protection, medical, dental and vision care, education, and conduct and behavior. A guardian of the estate, once appointed by the Superior Court Judge, is responsible for the management of the minor’s property, money and income until the child reaches adulthood.

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