If a child's parent has died, is terminally ill, or is unable to adequately care for children on their own, there is a legal process that may allow you to take up guardianship of that child. Typically, guardianship is established in the parent’s will, but the probate court will still decide who the official guardian of the child is. When there isn't a will in place, this can become even more complicated. To legally take care of the child, a person must obtain guardianship. Even if a person has been named in a will, there may still be legal hurdles to overcome in order to maintain guardianship of the child. Foreman & Rugile advocates on behalf of clients to ensure guardianship rights are upheld through this process.
In the state of California, adoption and guardianships establish two different relationships with the child. A stepparent can apply for guardianship if unable to adopt a child. In a guardianship, the court can end the guardianship in the event the guardian fails to uphold the best interest of the child.
The Law Offices of Foreman & Rugile can help pursue guardianship. We understand that it can be a stressful experience appealing to the court to care for a child. That’s why we provide legal strategies that are tailored to your specific needs. Whether you are facing a complicated guardianship situation or just want trusted counsel throughout the process, we are here.