How long does guardianship last?
Guardianship lasts until you turn 18 years of age or until you get married, enter a civil union or live with someone as a de facto partner. However, as you grow older, your views should have more weight, and you should have a greater say in important matters in your life.
In a court situation, the judge must listen and take account of your views before making decisions about who has guardianship over you. This is because, under the law, your welfare and best interests are the most important factors for the Court to think about when making these decisions. However, most disputes don’t end up at Court because it is a very long, expensive and stressful process to go through.