Orlando Guardianship Attorney
Guardianship involving minors is the legal process that conveys the rights and responsibilities of parenthood to another adult. While a guardian has primary rights to raise the child, guardianship differs from adoption in that it does not completely terminate the birth parents’ rights.
In some instances, biological parents choose a short-term guardian to cover a designated period of time or designate a guardian who will become the child’s caregiver only if certain events occur. In other cases, parents may experience guardianship due to intervention by a state child welfare agency or court.
Another family member such as a grandparent or sibling may seek guardianship of a minor child because the biological parents are unable to perform parental duties. This may result from the biological parents becoming incapacitated, incarcerated or enrolled in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program, or if they have a history of physical abuse, or drug or alcohol abuse.
Guardianship allows the child to remain in a safe environment while continuing a relationship with his or her birth parents through visitation or other contact.
Orange County Child Guardianship Lawyer
There are occasions when biological parents must become their own child’s guardian. For example, if a child is bequeathed something in a person’s will, you may need to become the child’s guardian. By setting up a guardianship, a set of obligations is in place to make the parent legally liable for those assets and their management.
People create guardianships for elderly and incapacitated adults, as well as special needs individuals over the age of 18. These guardianships are often addressed as part of creating an estate plan, but our attorney is happy to discuss the process with you.
The experienced legal team at The Davies Law Firm, LLC, in Orlando, Florida, can help you navigate the process of obtaining legal guardianship for minor children as well as adults. Call 407-540-1010 or email us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an Orlando guardianship lawyer.