It is sometimes necessary to take over guardianship of a child or adult when situations arise including:
- When a parent is no longer fit to care for their child.
- When a child is neglected due to drug or alcohol addiction.
- When a child is abandoned by one or both parents.
- When an adult is no longer able to make basic decisions.
When a child is in an abusive family situation or is being neglected, a guardianship is one way to ensure that the child is in a safe environment without having to place the child in a foster home. While some guardianships are contested, others are a way for parents to have time to get their lives back in order. If you have a family member who is facing mental health issues or addiction, a guardianship can be a way to protect either that parent or the child in the short term.
In some situations, a friend or family member may unfairly use a guardianship proceeding to take rightful custody away from a parent or seize an elderly person's mental incapacity to gain control of his or her assets. When this happens, you need strong representation from an attorney dedicated to protecting you and your family.
We are strong defenders of parental rights and believe that guardianships should only be an option when a child is in real danger of abuse or neglect or when a person in unable to make basic decisions for themselves such that serious physical injury or illness is likely to occur. We care about protecting children and each person's fundamental right to manage their own affairs, whether seeking guardianship over establishing guardianship for a person who cannot properly care for himself or herself. If you would like more information, call us today to set up an appointment.