Tempe Guardianship Attorney
Do You Wish to Establish Guardianship of a Child in Your Life?
Sometimes parents are unable or unwilling to provide the stable and nurturing
environment a child needs. Sometimes another family member is willing
and able to take over that role indefinitely as a court-appointed legal
guardian. At Arizona Family Law Attorneys, we can help you obtain guardianship
of a minor child or children. Our reputable law firm represents family
members or other persons in guardianship petitions in Tempe and Phoenix.
Asserting Guardianship of a Child in Arizona
When deciding on child guardianship, the court must be convinced that the
petitioner has the child's best interests at heart and that the child's
parent(s) cannot provide a safe and healthy home because of jail or drug
treatment, abuse or abandonment of the child, mental illness or other
incapacity. Legal guardians might be grandparents, aunts, uncles, or adult
siblings or cousins. Legal guardians might also be nonrelatives, such
as godparents or family friends who feel a connection or obligation to
Guardianship grants all of the legal rights of a parent, including:
- Access to personal information like school and medical records
- Management of education, health care, and general welfare
Our law firm has handled a range of guardianship scenarios. For example,
if the child's parent consents, the judge can waive a court appearance
and our lawyer can help iron out the details. If the parent objects, the
guardianship proceeding is conducted similarly to a custody dispute. Each
side presents arguments and calls witnesses, and the court will grant
or deny guardianship.
Take This Step with Our Tempe Family Law Attorneys at Your Side
Guardianship is a big step and can be legally complex. We are happy to
help people like you who are stepping up to care for a child or group
of siblings. With the help of our Phoenix family law attorneys, you may
obtain legal guardianship of a child in need of love and care.