If you leave a child in the care of someone other than the child’s parent, you should consider having a temporary guardian appointed. Under Michigan Law, a temporary guardian may be appointed for up to six months. This temporary guardian has the authority to make decisions regarding the day-to-day care and medical treatment given to your child. This document should be considered even for short stays with a non-parent.

Every six months, the Temporary Guardianship Appointment may be renewed.

Also, this appointment may be very important in a second marriage situation. A step-parent is not a legal guardian and cannot give consent without the Temporary Guardianship Appointment. You should consider having an appointment prepared and renew that appointment every six months. It could be very helpful in an emergency situation.