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How Long Does Guardianship Last in Oklahoma?

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As a parent or legal guardian, it's essential to know how long guardianship lasts in Oklahoma. Understanding the legal framework surrounding guardianship can help you plan for your child's or ward's future and ensure their well-being.

We'll explore the duration of guardianship, the factors that can affect it, and what you need to know about the process.

The Typical Duration of Guardianship

When guardianship is established for a child, it typically lasts until the child turns 18 years old or the court finds that the guardianship is no longer necessary. Guardianship of a child may extend into their adulthood when they require special needs, and a court must approve of this arrangement.

Guardianship for adults, however, can persist indefinitely. Typically, the only events that trigger the termination of an adult guardianship are an improvement in the protected person’s health, a court order to terminate, or the protected person’s death.

Factors That Affect the Duration of Guardianship in Oklahoma

The duration of guardianship depends on several factors, including the child's age at the time the guardianship is established, the type of guardianship used, and whether a court decision to terminate a guardianship.

For instance, temporary guardianship can last up to 60 days, while permanent guardianship can last until the minor reaches the age of 18. It's essential to consider these factors when planning for your child's or ward's future and consult with an attorney to ensure you make informed decisions.

Renewing or Terminating Guardianship in Oklahoma

Guardianship in Oklahoma can be renewed or terminated depending on the circumstances. If the guardian is no longer able to care for the child, for example, the court may terminate the guardianship.

Similarly, the court may terminate guardianship if the child's parents are not deceased and regain custody. It's crucial to understand the legal requirements for renewing or terminating guardianship and work with an experienced attorney to ensure your rights and responsibilities are protected.

We Can Help You Navigate Guardianship

Understanding the duration of guardianship in Oklahoma is crucial for parents and legal guardians. It's essential to work with an experienced attorney to understand the legal requirements for guardianship and ensure your rights and responsibilities are protected.

At Bundren Law Firm P.C., we have extensive experience in guardianship and family law matters. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you navigate the legal system and protect your loved ones.

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