Appoint or remove a guardian

It’s free to apply to be a child’s guardian or to ask the Family Court to stop a person from being a guardian.

If you want to apply, you need to fill in the form and give it to the Family Court.

Apply to appoint or remove a guardian

Get help to fill in the forms

Forms for when the parents and/or guardians aren’t applying together

  1. Fill in 1 of the guardianship forms (external link)
    Choose if you’re applying on notice or without notice. Choose without notice if you want the guardian to be appointed or removed straight away. This means the other people involved will get to have their say afterwards. If you apply on notice, the other people involved will be given the chance to respond to your application before the court decides if it will appoint or remove the guardian.
  2. File your application. You need to do this yourself. You can’t get a lawyer to file an application for a Guardianship Order.
    Find out more about how to file documents

Forms for when you want to appoint a new partner as a guardian

  1. Fill in this form:
    Appointment of additional guardian by parents [PDF, 193 KB]
  2. You’ll also need these 2 forms:
    Declaration of parent (or testamentary guardian) of the child [PDF, 34 KB] (both parents and any testamentary guardians should fill in this form)
    Declaration of the proposed additional guardian of the child [PDF, 25 KB] (the new partner should fill in this form)
  3. The new partner will also need to include a copy of their criminal record with the forms.
    Find out more about getting a copy of a criminal record
  4. File your application. You need to do this yourself. You can’t get a lawyer to file the application.
    Find out more about how to file documents

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