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Annex Building 3
121 South McDonough Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236

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Temporary Guardianship

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Regarding Temporary Guardianship of Minor

Completed petitions are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. and again from 2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. on a first come, first served basis.

If you have a child in your physical custody and you are not such child's parent, you are without authority to enroll the child in school, obtain medical treatment for the child and otherwise control the child without first becoming the legally qualified Temporary Guardian through the Probate Court of your county of residence. (Alternately, you may contact the Juvenile Court of Clayton County about becoming the legal CUSTODIAN of the child.)

If you wish to become Temporary Guardian, you must comply with every legal requirement, including notice to both parents of the child. The following must be provided at the time of filing:

  1. If either parent is deceased, you must furnish a certified death certificate or other proof of death.
  2. If the parents are divorced, you must furnish a certified copy of the final divorce decree and the custody arrangement between the parents.
  3. Probate Court will not appoint a guardian of a minor without the consent of at least one parent. If at least one parent does not provide a consent form, you need to proceed to Juvenile Court. If there whereabouts of both parents are unknown, you need to proceed to Juvenile Court.
  4. You must furnish a certified copy of the child's birth certificate. Copies will not be accepted.
  5. You must furnish a copy of your photo ID, i.e. your driver's license or State issued identification card. If your photo ID does not show that you are a resident of Clayton County, proof of residency must also be provided. Sufficient documentation includes a recent copy of a utility bill or recent vehicle registration.
  6. Court costs must be paid at the time you file a petition. These costs are set by the Georgia Legislature, not the Court. The clerk will inform you of costs, which vary, depending on the method of service to parents.

If you have any questions about the proceedings, please contact an attorney. Clerks of the Court can furnish forms or they may be obtained from the website www.gaprobate.gov; however, clerks do not have the authority to give any legal advice.


Costs Required to File Petition for Temporary Guardianship

Effective July 1, 2015, all fees for temporary guardian MUST be paid in cash, debit, credit cards or money orders! Checks are not accepted unless provided by an agency such as DFCS, Grandparents raising Grandkids. A small surcharge will apply for debit and credit card payments.

Basic Costs:

(With both parents signing Relinquishment of Parental Rights)

$75.00 Filing Petition
$20.00
Recording (10 Pages Approximately)
$15.00 Indigent Defense Surcharge
$8.00 Alternate Dispute Resolution
$5.00 Law Library
$1.00 Notification to School ($1.00 Per School to Be Notified)
$3.00 Cost of Mailing to References
$127.00 TOTAL

If you are filing for more than one child, the initial filing fee is $127.00 and then $22.00 for each additional child.

Additional Costs:

$50.00 Per parent to be served, by Sheriff Service, when parents live in Georgia and have not signed relinquishment of parental rights PLUS $1.00 Per Page for Copies of Petition.
$7.00 Per parent to be served, by mail, when parent lives outside the state of Georgia and has not signed relinquishment of parental rights.
$60.00 Publication to parent whose whereabouts are unknown. (Only in the case where one parent cannot be notified by certified mail, Sheriff’s Service, or signature consents to Guardianship.)