Under certain circumstances, Probate Court has jurisdiction over the appointment and supervision of temporary and permanent guardianships of minors as well as conservatorships of minors. All petitions must be filed in the Probate Court and filing fees tendered at the time of filing. Filing fees are non-refundable.
Temporary guardianship may be granted to a person having physical custody of a minor in need of a guardian. The consent of the natural guardian(s) must be given in writing or the natural guardian(s) must be given legal notice of the proceeding. The Probate Court may not grant temporary guardianship of a minor over the objection of a natural guardian.
A permanent guardian may be appointed for a minor who has no living parents or, after notice to the parents without objection, when the parents fail to properly care for the minor. Permanent guardianship of a minor, though similar, is not the same as legal custody of a minor, which may be granted only by superior or juvenile courts in Georgia.
All petitions must be filed in the Probate Court and filing fees tendered at the time of filing. Filing fees are non-refundable.
A parent, in his or her will, may elect to nominate a testamentary guardian for a minor child or children. In this instance, upon the probate of the deceased parent's will, provided there is no other living parent, the nominated person shall receive letters of guardianship without notice or hearing. A testamentary guardian holds the same powers as a permanent guardian appointed by the Court, and is not required to give bond.
Hours of Operation
2022 Court Closings
99 Sims Street, McDonough, GA 30253
Main Phone: 770 288 7600
TTY: 770 288 6818
Probate Fax: 770 288 7616
Vital Records Fax: 770 288 7562
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