Guardianship Lawyers Serving Los Angeles
Helping You Protect & Look Out for Your Loved Ones
At TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP, we represent clients in some of the most important legal matters that may ever face. Included in the family law umbrella is the issue of guardianship. Our legal team is comprised of some of the most highly-trained and experienced lawyers in family law throughout California, including Board-Certified Family Law Specialists who have gone beyond the standard requirements of the bar to become experts in their field.
If you are looking into establishing guardianship for a minor child for either a long-term or temporary appointment, our Los Angeles guardianship attorneys can help. We will explain the California guardianship process and gather the necessary records to file the petition correctly. In the event of an investigation or hearing, our dedicated attorneys will work with you in preparing the necessary evidence and statements for your case.
Guardianship in California
As a legal guardian of a minor child, adults—other than the child’s parents—can exercise full or partial authority to make decisions on the child’s behalf in all matters relating to living arrangements, legal decisions, education, property, and financial affairs. This is true for both long-term guardianship appointments and emergency or temporary situations.
When the court appoints a guardian, the child’s parents will lose their right to supervise, care for, or take custody of the child, for as long as the guardianship appointment remains. However, parents may still retain the right to have reasonable visitation. They may also be required to pay child support to the guardian for the maintenance of the child.
A guardian may be appointed for a child in cases where the parents have an inability or unwillingness to take responsibility for the child, or when the parents voluntarily agree to guardianship. When both parents of a child die, the appointment of a guardian is often appropriate. Guardianship may also occur in instances where the parents are found unfit or neglectful.
Reasons for establishing guardianship can also involve:
- The serious physical or mental illness of the parents
- Military parents serving overseas
- Parents suffering from alcohol or substance abuse
- Missing parents
- Parents convicted of crimes leading to incarceration
- Abusive parents
These reasons will not apply if the child has one parent who is can still act as a responsible parent. California courts will only appoint a guardian if it serves the best interests of the child. Guardianship can be terminated when the parents regain their ability to care for the child.
Who May Become a Guardian?
Any adult who is qualified to raise a child may become a guardian, including relatives, friends of the family, neighbors, or anyone else whose appointment would promote the child’s best interests. Once a court appoints you as a guardian, you will be under its supervision. You may be selected as the guardian of the child, a guardian of the child’s estate, or both.
As the legal guardian of a child, you will have the same rights and responsibilities as a parent, including the right to take legal and physical custody of the child and to make decisions regarding his or her physical and emotional well-being, safety, education, and health care.
Ready to discuss your potential guardianship? Call TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP at (310) 455-8364 for a free initial consultation today.