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  • Roseville Guardianship Lawyer

    The Legal Right to Care for a Child

    A guardianship is often necessary in cases where parents are unable to provide a safe and stable environment for their children.  By designating a guardian, the Court can ensure that children under the age of 18 are properly cared for.  A guardian is often a close family member who will have the legal right to make beneficial decisions for a child whose parents are absent, inattentive or neglectful. Situations can arise where the designation of a guardian is necessary including:

    • A parent is in jail
    • Death of both parents
    • Abandonment
    • Substance abuse by parents
    • A parent is terminally ill
    • Mental or physical incapacity of a parent

    How the Courts Determine Whether Guardianship Should Be Granted

    Whenever the courts are presented with a request for guardianship, at the forefront of their mind is “what is in the best interest of the child?”

    The courts need to know if they are granting guardianship to an adult who will love, protect and provide a safe and loving home that would be beneficial to the child.

    The process for granting guardianship can be a complex process.  I will assist you along the way.

    Guardianship Is Handled In Probate Court

    Guardianship is a unique family law matter that is handled in probate court rather than family court.

    I can help you navigate through the system in order to obtain guardianship of a child you care about and to show the court that you can provide the loving and safe home for the child. 

    If you have questions about the process of becoming a guardian, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney to explore your options. Contact Patricia Clark with the Law & Mediation Office of Patricia D. Clark to schedule a confidential consultation. 916-472-6232.