Court Bonds

The Difference Between Guardianship and Custody


Guardianship and custody can both involve the act of taking some amount of care for a child, but there are key differences between the two.

Custody is something you can only have of a minor child. Guardianship, on the other hand, can be over a minor or an elderly or incapacitated person of any age. Those with custody of a child can have parental rights over that child while guardians do not receive these rights. With guardianship, if a child is involved, the parents maintain parental rights. In custody situations, that is not necessarily the case.

Another difference is that, in guardianship cases, a surety bond may be required in order to guarantee that the guardian will protect the interests and affairs of their ward in accordance with applicable state law.

So where can you easily purchase Guardianship Surety Bonds?

Colonial offers the direct and digital way to obtain guardianship surety bonds.  We are the insurance company — which means no agent, no broker, and no middleman. We make it easy to obtain your court bond instantly. The steps are easy — get a quote online, fill out your information, satisfy underwriting requirements, and enter your payment method. Print or e-file your bond from your office. It’s that simple!