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Do Legal Guardians Have to Be Relatives?

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In Oklahoma, legal guardianship may be granted to the person who can provide a stable, nurturing home environment and emotional support for a minor child. This means that although relatives may often be appointed as legal guardians, it’s not necessarily required.

The court will take into consideration a range of factors when deciding which individual is best suited for the role of legal guardian. These factors may include the applicant's relationship with the minor, their financial and emotional resources, as well as any other special needs of the minor. Ultimately, the court will make a decision that is in the best interests of the child or adolescent.

Family Friends May Become Legal Guardians

In some cases, if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the minor, non-related individuals can be appointed as legal guardians. For example, if a close family friend can offer care and support for a child who has lost both parents or whose parents are unable to provide care due to illness or incarceration, then they may receive consideration from the court when it comes to being appointed as a legal guardian.

It is important to remember that regardless of whether a guardian is related to the minor or not, they must adhere to all applicable laws and regulations in Oklahoma. They must also provide for the emotional and physical needs of the minor, as well as ensure their educational and social development.


Ultimately, it is up to the court to decide who will be appointed as legal guardian for a minor in Oklahoma. While relatives may often be granted guardianship privileges, non-relatives can also receive consideration.

It is important that whoever receives guardianship privileges provides an environment that nurtures and supports the growth and wellbeing of the minor. If you are someone who seeks legal guardianship of a child or requires assistance with a related legal matter, don’t hesitate to contact a legal professional for assistance.

Bundren Law Firm, P.C. can provide the legal support you need. Contact us online to schedule a consultation.