Ayatollah Sistani's ruling on paternal guardianship:

Fatwa, posted 4.22.2010, from Iraq, in:
Religious Authority: 
Ali al-Sistanti
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
Ayatollah Sistani's ruling on paternal guardianship:

Question: May children who have reached the age of puberty choose guardians for themselves other than their father?

Fatwa: There is no guardianship on such person at all, as he or she is himself or herself is empowered to arrange his or her affairs. Of course, there is guardianship for the father on a virgin girl only in the matter of marriage.

السؤال: هل یجوز للولد والبنت البالغین ان یختارون ولي علیهم غیر ابیهم العاقل المؤمن دون اذن الاب ؟ الجواب: البالغ لا ولایة لاحد علیه بل هو ولي نفسه نعم للاب الولایة علی البنت الباكر في الزواج فقط.