Westlake Village Guardianship Lawyer
Looking to obtain custody of a child who is not your own?
The California Courts define guardianship as a court order that designates
someone other than the child's parent to have
custody of the child, manage the child's property or "estate," or
both. Guardianship is common in cases where the child's birth or blood
parents are incapable of caring for the child financially, physically,
and / or emotionally. Examples include cases of
domestic abuse, drug abuse, mental disorders, imprisonment, rehabilitation, or military
deployment of the child's parent(s). Anyone may be granted guardianship,
although it is most commonly granted to a close relative or family friend
who has a strong relationship with the child.
Guardianship is not to be confused with adoption - although the guardian
has the right to make legal decisions for the child and has custody, the
child's parent(s) still have rights to reasonable contact with their
child. The court can also cancel guardianship at any time and return the
child to the custody of their parent or parents. Until that time, the
guardian has the responsibility of caring for the child's physical,
educational, financial, and emotional needs.
How to Obtain Guardianship in California
Guardianship is granted through a court order, which means that you will
need to file a Petition for Appointment of Guarding of the Person with
California's family law court and proceed through a number of legal
steps and hearings in order to awarded guardianship. This can be a difficult
and lengthy process if the child's parent or parents are in denial
or are unwilling to relinquish custody. Even if they are compliant with
your petition, you still need the assistance and representation of a
Westlake Village divorce attorney to help you obtain custody of a child that is not your own.
Consult a Thousand Oaks Family Law Attorney
Looking for the help of an experienced divorce lawyer in Westlake Village,
CA? Attorney Richard Ross has over 30 years of legal experience and is
a Certified Family Law Specialist. Our firm is more than qualified to
guide you through the guardianship process and to represent you in court.
We can build a strong argument on your behalf based on excellent investigation
of the details of your case
Contact Us today!