Guardianship Of A Person

Newport Family Law & Mediation Group can assist you in obtaining a temporary and permanent guardianship of a minor child or children.

Guardianship is a court process by which a person other than a parents is given custody of a child [GC-205]. A person may be appointed as Guardian when neither parent is available to meet the needs of the child because of the parents’ death, incapacity, abandonment, military obligations, or other reasons [GC-025].

As Guardian, you have full legal and physical custody of a child and are responsible for all decisions relating to the child. The child’s parents can no longer make decisions for the child while there is a Guardianship. The parents’ rights are suspended-not terminated-as long as a Guardianship is in place [GC-025].

A Guardianship ends automatically when the child reaches 18, is adopted, marries, is emancipated by court order, enters military service, or dies. A child, parent or Guardian may also petition the court for a termination of the Guardianship and that is upon the discretion of the Court [GC-025].

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