The duration of the guardianship lasts until the child turns 18 years of age. If a child is disabled or mentally or physically incapacitated, the duration can last as long as the child needs. A child can also ask the court to extend the guardianship after they turn 18. When a child marries under the age of 18, the guardianship ends.
A legal guardian is the person who has the legal authority to make decisions and take care of the child if a parent dies, becomes disabled or ill, goes into the military and serves out of the country, is serving a prison sentence or is deported to their country of origin. A legal guardian is not the parent of a child. The legal relationship between the parent and the child remains the same.