Guardianship describes who is entitled to make any important decisions that must be made concerning the health (except emergency decisions), education, religious instruction and general welfare of the child. Guardianship also describes who is responsible for the estate of the child.
- Sole guardianship describes an arrangement where one spouse is entitled to make the important decisions,
- Joint guardianship describes an arrangement where both spouses will try to reach an agreement on the decisions together. It usually allows for one party to decide if the parties cannot agree and has a mechanism for the other party to seek a review of any decision made that they feel are not in the best interests of the child.