Taking care of each other is one of our most basic human principles. So when a family member or friend is unable to care for their child, whether permanently or temporarily, a guardian is a person who could step in and care for the minor until they reach the age of adulthood. The decision to become someone's guardian shouldn't be made lightly, though. Instead, interested individuals need to have a solid understanding of duties and responsibilities of a guardian before taking legal action to create that relationship.
Physically looking after a minor is one of the most basic and necessary requirements. Although this often means that the child lives with you, that isn't necessarily the case. It also means that you oversee the child's financial well-being, which might include any financial assistance from their parents or other sources. If necessary, legal action is brought by the guardian on behalf of the minor.
Each minor possesses specific needs that must be met based on their life and unique set of circumstances. It's the guardian's responsibility to ensure that these needs are met in terms of physical residence, financial health, legal needs, and any public assistance needs. It is a big responsibility to take on, but it can be incredibly rewarding. Being a support system for a minor is really a selfless act.
Guardianship is not a decision to take lightly. How and when you come to the decision to become a guardian can be sudden or it could be something that becomes obvious over a longer period of time. Whatever the situation, legal representation can help ensure that an individual fully understands the responsibilities of a guardian and how to aggressively seek it. Although these matters may be uncontested, they are oftentimes highly confrontational, which is another reason why it may be beneficial to have a legal ally on one's side when dealing with these matters.