Poughkeepsie Guardianship Attorney
Seeking Guardianship in Hudson Valley? Let Us Help!
Some families come to the challenging territory of needing to pursue guardianship
over a child. This can include
grandparents who believe the child's
parents are abusing or neglecting the child, or a close family friend who wishes to provide medical care for the child,
but does not know where to locate the parents. In these situations, guardianship
as a formal process can grant a person the legal rights needed to act
on behalf of the child's welfare. Our team of experienced lawyers provide
one-on-one attention, assisting you in navigating the petition process to minimize the struggle
for both you and the child.
Guardianship to Protect a Child
Any person can petition the court for guardianship over a child under the
age of 18. However, the petitioner must be able to prove that circumstances
make it necessary for him or her to take legal custody of the child. Also,
even if the petitioner gains legal guardianship, the obligations of the
parents do not end entirely. For example, the parents must still assume
financial responsibility for the child and may not take the child away
without court approval. If the parental support is insufficient, guardians
can apply for public assistance programs such as Medicaid or other programs.
Other Types of Guardianship
Some families may face the need for other types of guardianship, such as
guardianship over a person with a disability, guardianship over an elderly
parent, or guardianship over a loved one with severe mental illness. In
these cases where the person in question is not a child, the level of
guardianship should be consistent with the person's ability to care
for him/herself and make informed decisions.
In any situation, filing for guardianship can be a heart-wrenching process.
Keep in mind that if you do not ask the court to appoint you as a guardian
in a timely manner, you may lose the authority to do so. To avoid this,
contact a family lawyer at Michael R. Varble & Associates, P.C. right away to learn how you can protect that child you love.