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Guardianship establish a legal relationship between a child and an adult. This does not terminate the legal relationship between the child and the child's parents. The biological parents are legally required to provide financial support for all of their children.

Guardianship papers must be filed in court. One of the court's investigators will likely interview you as well as the child and the child's parents if they can be reached. The court must find that the appointment is in the best interests of the child and only after the investigator recommends you to the judge. The judge usually holds a hearing first before appointing you as the legal guardian.


A legal guardianship does not invalidate an existing relationship between a parent and a child. Parents can ask the court to relinquish a guardianship if they feel it is in the child’s best interest. Your rights will need to be protected and we fight for what is yours by law. With 23+ years' experience, you can be certain that Scott and Katie both know how the system works.

We defend your rights as the

child's legal guardian

A legal guardian has MANY responsibilities - and the laws that govern guardianship are usually complicated. Contact us for all the help you'll need.

Let us handle all of the difficult tasks. We can create or terminate guardianships to protect the interest of the minor or child.