Being named the guardian of a child is a very serious matter. The person who has this designation must care for the children just as a biological parent would. A guardianship is usually established if the biological parents of the children aren't able to care for them. In some cases, a guardianship is used if the child lives with relatives or friends for whatever reason.
When a guardianship is set up, the guardian has the legal right to make decisions for the child. This person must provide the child with medical care, food, shelter and life's necessities. They can enroll the child in school and make medical decisions.
We realize that many parents never thought they would have to take this action; however, it is nice to know that it is available when you need it. We are here to help you work through any issues that might arise as you are getting things set up.
Whether you're the child's parent or the person who is being given the guardianship designation, you need to ensure that you are protecting your own interests and doing what is best for the child. The court is going to look at all aspects of the case to ensure that the child is being protected.
Being able to look at all possibilities in these cases might assist you in determining what you need to do. Sometimes, time is limited. Cases that involved domestic violence or drug abuse might require fast action. We can work with you to get the information you need quickly in these cases.