A guardianship is a legal mechanism that allows a qualified adult to make decisions on behalf of an incapacitated adult or a minor child. There are a few ways in which guardianships become necessary in family law:
- If an incapacitated adult needs to finalize his or her divorce proceeding. This ensures that the incapacitated adult has a guardian in place to protect their best interests.
- If parents of a child are either deceased or unable to care for their child, a willing and qualified adult may petition to establish guardianship.
- If a child is disabled, a parent may need to establish guardianship once that child reaches the age of 18 to assist with the care and benefits available for the child.
Guardianship cases are often highly emotional and stressful. The family law team of Cohen Garelick & Glazier will guide you through the decision to file for guardianship.