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Parents are the natural guardians for their children.
But there are circumstances when a court-appointed guardian is needed to provide for the personal care or protection of the property of a minor or both.
The probate division appoints a guardian who will act in the best interests of the child.
The court can appoint either parent, a family member, or an individual who is not related to the child.
Two individuals can be appointed to serve as co-guardians.
Minors 14 years or older may choose their guardian, subject to court approval.
The guardian should let the court know of any major changes in the child's life as they occur.
A guardian must also file an annual report on the progress and condition of the child.
It should describe what actions the guardian has taken on behalf of the child over the course of the year and make recommendations for any needed changes in the guardianship.
A guardian cannot be held liable for the actions of the child, but a guardian can be liable for causing harm to the child.
A custodial minor guardianship ends automatically on the child’s 18th birthday.
It may end before that date in certain circumstances: Under Vermont law, a minor up to the age of 18 may have a court-appointed financial guardian if the minor is the owner of real or personal property.