A Minor Guardianship (formerly referred to as a Non-Parental Custody) proceeding may be started by a 3rd party (non-parent) who can prove that the child does not reside with either parent or that neither parent is a suitable custodian.
What is a guardianship?
Guardianship is a legal arrangement. A guardianship is created when a court appoints someone to make decisions for, and take actions for, someone else. the guardian has a legal duty to that person. the legal duty is call being a fiduciary. A fiduciary is required to act in the best interest of the person under guardianship.