Guardianships

When a child's biological parents can no longer adequately care for a child, relatives or other interested adults often need to step in to provide a loving home for the child. However, an adult caretaker needs to have legal authority to make decisions about health care, the education of the child and other important issues.

A guardianship enables a caretaking adult to legally raise the child. A guardian is obligated to provide food, shelter and medical care for the child. The official appointment as guardian will allow the caretaker to include the child on a family health insurance policy. The guardian is authorized to make decisions about education and enroll the child in school. If you are confronted with a troubling child guardianship issue, we will thoroughly review your individual circumstances and provide you with the guidance you need to serve the best interests of the child.

Full-Service Child Guardianship Representation For Caretakers And Parents

The need for a guardianship can arise for a variety of reasons. Our wide-ranging experience protecting children in central California courts is a vital resource for clients who are involved in the guardianship process. The probate court, family court or juvenile dependency court may establish a guardianship to allow a person who is not the child's parent to take care of the child. Because no two family law issues are the same, the experience of your lawyer across the spectrum of issues can make a big difference in the outcome of your case.

When a child is under the supervision of the dependency court due to allegations of domestic violence, neglect or drug abuse, the depth and breadth of our experience in family court, criminal law and domestic violence matters is especially well-suited for clients. The trial lawyers at the Law Offices of Ashley Philpot Mattos, have experience helping caretakers pursue guardianship, as well as in representing parents who oppose the appointment of a guardian for their children. Our experience extends to representing parties involved in termination of parental rights' disputes and adoptions in dependency proceedings.

Contact A Compassionate Child Guardianship Lawyer To Learn Your Rights

If you are involved in a situation where guardianship or termination of parental rights for the purpose of adoption is a possible concern, we invite you to speak with us to learn more about your rights. To arrange a confidential consultation in a nonjudgmental setting, send us an email or call 559-544-9696. Our main office is located in Tulare. Se habla español.