How to End ("Terminate") a Guardianship
If things have changed in people's lives, a parent, child or guardian (or an Indian custodian, or the child's tribe if the child is of Native American ancestry) may ask the court to terminate the guardianship. To do this, the petitioner - the person asking for the change - has to fill out three forms and file them with a court clerk.
The court will schedule a hearing. During the hearing, the person asking to end the guardianship must be able to prove to the court that this is in the child's best interest. (See California Probate Code, Section 1601)
If you (the petitioner) want the child to live with you, the judge will want to see evidence that terminating the guardianship is in the child's best interest. Among the factors the court will consider will be whether:
If the child is more than 12 years old, what he or she wants - and with whom he or she wishes to live - will be taken into account.