How Guardianships Work FAQ
When does a guardianship end?
3. When does a guardianship end?
A guardianship ordinarily lasts until the earliest of these events:
- the child reaches legal age (usually 18)
- the child dies
- the child's assets are used up (if the guardianship was set up solely for the purpose of handling the child's finances), or
- a judge determines that a guardianship is no longer necessary.
Even if a guardianship remains in force, a guardian may step down with permission from the court. In that case, a judge will appoint a replacement guardian if necessary.