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Guardianship of a Minor Child

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A guardian is someone who is given the legal right to care for a child if the parent is no longer able to for any reason. A guardian accepts all legal responsibilities for supporting and educating the child, and is accountable for the child’s well-being and financial interests. Guardians can be family members, friends or even foster parents. Since a guardianship is a legal relationship, only a court can officially appoint a guardian. However, parents are encouraged to name a guardian in their will because, although such instructions are not legally binding, they will be taken into account by the court. A guardianship may also be temporary, such as if a child’s parents are hospitalized, arrested or otherwise unable to be a parent for just a short period. For more information about appointing a guardian, talk to a family law attorney in your area today.

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