Do you need guidance filing for legal guardianship?
Situations in a child’s home sometimes arise where a child is no longer in a safe, stable environment. Instances where abuse is present, one or both parents are incarcerated, the parents are getting divorced, or there is drug activity in the home, can all be grounds for a responsible and caring adult to step in to file for legal guardianship over the child. Perhaps you are a grandparent who is observing the home environment of your grandchild or a concerned parent witnessing a child live in an unsafe environment, and you want to step in and be the child’s guardian. Filing for legal guardianship is a generous, life-changing gesture for the child. To do this properly, it would be in your best interest to consult with a lawyer that is well-versed in legal guardianship cases.
Being the legal guardian of a child means that you are granted the responsibility and ability to act as a child’s “temporary parent”, providing the child with financial and emotional support, housing, food, and proper education. As legal guardian, you are also given the right to consent to medical treatments for the child. However, legal guardianship is not to be confused with adoption, where the parents relinquish their own rights, and you are given absolute rights and responsibility over the child. With legal guardianship, you may have certain rights with the child in your care; however, the child’s parents still retain their legal rights throughout this process. Many parents go through emotional distress watching their own child grow and thrive under the care of another adult. And, sometimes this leads to legal action taken against you to revoke your legal guardianship. This is another reason why it is important to have a guardianship lawyer by your side.
A guardianship lawyer will be your definitive guide through this complex legal process. Your guardianship lawyer will file the proper legal documents and present the appropriate evidence to the courts, increasing the probability of granting you legal guardianship over the child. There is often an emotional factor that comes into play when the biological parents see their child thriving under your care. If the biological parent(s) legally pursue you to get their child back, then it is your guardianship lawyer who will defend your case in court, reminding the courts why you were granted legal guardianship in the first place as well as why you should remain the legal guardian.
Here, Managing Attorney Angel A. Castro, III, Esq. and his legal team are on your side. We will pursue your legal guardianship case with vigilance and care. We understand the importance and long-lasting impacts that unfortunate situations can leave on children, which is why we work quickly and efficiently to handle all your legal matters in a timely manner. Have questions? Please do not hesitate to contact A.A. Castro Complex Litigation, Appeals & Negotiation, PLLC.
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