When a parent is unable to carry out their responsibilities to a child, the court may appoint a guardian to ensure the child’s needs are met. Parents may still have the legal right to have regular contact with the child, but the guardian would be given the right to make certain decisions on behalf of the child.
California law establishes two distinct categories of guardianship, of the person, and of the estate. Of the person means responsible for the day to day care of the child, while of the estate means the person is responsible for the finances of the child. In some cases, the same person may serve in both roles.
The court may be petitioned by a person who is willing to act as the child’s guardian; however, the process can be complicated, and it is a good idea to work with someone who understands the process. Once a guardian is appointed, they have a solemn obligation to carry out their duties, always with the child’s best interest in mind.
Guardians are supervised by the court; an attorney can help you through this confusing process, and help you understand what the expectations are as guardian. Contact US Legal Group, APC if you need to file a guardianship petition in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Bakersfield, or San Francisco, California.