Guardianship Lawyers in Columbus
Guiding Clients through the Legal Process
While most children are under the legal care and custody of their parents, there are situations that require a legal guardian to look after the best interests of a child. If you need legal advice or representation for an issue involving guardianship, call the Law Offices of William L. Geary. Our guardianship attorneys in Columbus have more than two decades of experience representing clients exclusively in the area of family law.
Types of Guardianship
A guardian is responsible for acting in the best interests of a child when the parent is unable to care for the child. In general, the legal guardian is not the parent of the child. This could be a temporary situation for a specific period of time. Emergency guardianships are used in an emergency situation when there is risk of immediate harm. When another person will be assuming care and legal responsibility for the child, a legal guardianship is granted and lasts until the child turns 18.
Petitioning for Legal Guardianship of a Child
The first step in becoming a legal guardian is to complete the necessary paperwork and file it with the court. This paperwork demonstrates your interest in caring for the child. The next step is a meeting with the court, you, and the child. At this time, the court will determine whether the legal guardianship is in the child’s best interest. Guardians are often grandparents, aunts, or uncles.
The legal guardian is responsible for:
- The care of the child
- The child’s physical well-being
- Making decisions on behalf of the child
Our Columbus guardianship lawyers are knowledgeable in all aspects of family law. We can answer your questions about legal guardianship and guide you through the process of petitioning for guardianship. In addition, we provide quality legal representation that is personalized to meet the unique needs of each client.
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