Guardianship is a procedure for a non parent to be given the custody and care of a child and/or the child’s estate [assets belonging to him/her].  The action is commenced by filing a petition in the county where the child is living. The court then investigates the situation and the proposed guardians.  If the court finds that the guardianship is warranted and the proposed guardians agree to serve in that capacity, then the guardianship is ordered.  The guardianship lasts until the child is an adult, which is 18 years of age or is otherwise emancipated. The guardianship can also terminate if the child is returned to the custody of a parent.   A guardianship can be of the person for the care of the child or of the estate to manage the money of the child.  Adoptions are when a non related person becomes the parent of the child in the eyes of the law.  This office does not assist with agency adoptions.  However, we do assist in step parent adoptions where the non-parent spouse wants to adopt the parent spouse’s children.  We are familiar with the forms and notifications needed to smooth your way to a successful completion of an adoption or guardianship. Please contact us by phone or use the secure contact form below and our staff will gladly assist you.

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