A Guardianship refers to the type of proceeding where an adult is appointed as the guardian of a minor under the age of 18. Although this does not terminate the rights of the biological parents, it does grant custody to the guardian and gives them the authority to make decisions on behalf of the child when their natural parents cannot do so, or when it is detrimental for the children to be in the care of their biological parents. The Court can appoint a guardian over the person or the estate, depending on the child's needs. Also, the Court can appoint a temporary guardian until the permanent appointment, if there are emergency circumstances that necessitate such action. If is important to seek the advice and guidance of an experienced probate attorney to discuss your situation and determine the best course of conduct to take in this complicated proceeding, which includes an assessment by a probate investigator appointed by the Court.