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.
Any parent could tell our readers just how tough it can be sometimes to raise a child. However, sometimes it is the parent who is going through tough times and, as a result, the child is the one who needs help. In some cases, that means that a guardian must be appointed to care for the child, even if it is on a temporary basis. In these situations, all parties involved will need to make sure that they are taking the right approach to attain what is best for the child.
Many people in Massachusetts regard a guardianship as permanent until the child reaches the age of 18, the age at which the guardianship automatically terminates. However, even though most guardianships provide significant benefits for both the parents and the ward, unexpected events can throw the ward, the guardian or the parents off track before the guardianship terminates. In such circumstances, terminating the guardianship may be the only effective recourse.
Many residents of Massachusetts have considered the possibility of becoming a guardian for a minor child or adopting a minor child. Each set of potential parents has its own expectations and wishes about how this addition to their family will affect them. One of the first tasks is to understand the legal differences between an adoption and a guardianship.
Many children, particularly special needs children, are eligible for a variety of government benefits at both the state and federal levels. For several reasons, these young residents of Massachusetts may need to have another adult, aside from their parents, take responsibility over them and give them the care and support they need. Sometimes a grandparent or other relative can work toward setting up a guardianship through the Massachusetts courts in order to get legal authority to have custody over a minor child and handle that child's financial affairs.
This blog has previously discussed various aspects about guardianship over minor children in Massachusetts. Basically, a guardianship gives a child's loved ones the opportunity to step in and take over parental responsibilities when a parent is unwilling or unable to do so.
Recent statistics suggest that more and more grandparents, in Massachusetts and elsewhere, are involved in raising their minor grandchildren until they reach adulthood. According to Census statistics, a little over 1 in 20 homes had a grandchild living with at least one of their grandparents. This is double the number of children living with grandparents in 1970. Of these households, 60 percent actually had the grandparents, or one of them, as the responsible adult in the home.
It is no secret that hiring an attorney in Massachusetts is costly, even when everyone is being fair and reasonable and everything is being done to save on unnecessary legal expenses. The reality is that litigating a case is just expensive in the current market.
This blog has, on previous occasions, talked about how those who have minor children in their lives who need immediate care can ask to be appointed as those children's guardian.
As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, there are many people in Springfield who know children whose parents are simply not willing or not able to care for them properly.