Guardianship

Supporting Every Child’s Right to a Loving Home

When parents aren’t able to take care of their child for a variety of reasons, a third party can sometimes step in and request custody of the child. This is called guardianship, and it may be granted to a grandparent, uncle, aunt, or even someone outside of the family. Whether you’re a parent whose circumstances have left you unable to care for your child, or you’re a relative who wants to take responsibility for a child’s care, the guardianship process can be confusing and stressful. It’s important to retain a knowledgeable attorney who will make sure you understand every step of the process.

A guardian’s responsibilities can include:

  • Deciding where the child will live
  • Enrolling the child in school or childcare
  • Ensuring the child has medical care
  • Providing shelter and food for the child
  • Taking proper care of the child in general

Guardianship typically involves an investigation by the Department of Social Services, among a number of other legal requirements. Our thorough family law attorneys can handle the documentation, the deadlines, and the complex legal concepts involved in guardianship. We will also give personable legal counsel to help you stay on top of your rights and responsibilities.

If you have concerns about guardianship, call our compassionate family lawyers today. We will do everything we can do protect the child’s best interests.