In some cases, a court decides that someone other than the birth parents, which can be relatives, friends, or anyone suited to raise a child, must take custody over a child, manage that child’s property, or both. Guardianship may occur when the court orders a child removed from the custody of their birth parents (which may be handled by the juvenile dependency court) or an adult seeks a court order to make decisions on the behalf of a child that has been living with them.
Guardianship is not adoption. In an adoption, the adoptive parents are permanently given legal custody over the child and have full rights over their welfare as if they were the birth parents. With guardianship, the birth parents continue to have parental rights, can seek reasonable contact with the child, and may reacquire the child should the court decide they are once again able to take care of them. Guardians can also be supervised by the courts to guarantee the best interest of the child and the fiduciary duty of the guardian is being adhered to.
In both cases, King Law Firm Attorneys at Law, Inc. seeks to make the process as stress-free as possible. We know every case and situation is unique, and when dealing with the best interests of a child, we want to make sure they remain protected in the safest, most stable conditions necessary for their individual case.