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  1. #1
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    Jan 2010

    Default How to Get a Temporary Guardianship of a Child in Another State

    My question involves guardianship in the State of: TX and CT

    My sister would like my niece to come live with me in CT until she "gets back on her feet." We're thinking 6 months to a year, maybe more.

    They live in TX. My sister is the sole guardian for my niece (custodial parent). The dad is not in the picture.

    What do we need to do to establish temporary guardianship? We want to be able to enroll my niece in school, put her on my health insurance, etc.

    Is there a time limit for temporary guardianship before you have to do something more serious like get custody?

    For that matter, what's the difference between guardianship and custody?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  2. #2
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    Jan 2008
    Toledo, OH

    Default Re: How to Get a Temporary Guardianship of a Child in Another State

    You would need to properly establish guardianship through the courts. This is typically done through the Probate court, and when all parties are in agreement, is a pretty straightforward process.

    You'd want to file in your local court, and it would be expected that your sister appear at the hearing. You can get the relevant forms and instructions from your county Clerk of Courts.
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