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A temporary guardianship solution may be best for child

Not everyone has an ideal family unit and living situation. Sometimes family strife or other issues can cause a child's home life to be less than ideal. If a child is living in a poor or toxic home environment with their parent or other legal guardian, it may be time for a change. A new guardianship arrangement can be made to benefit the best interests of the child.

Why might guardianship of a child come to an end?

In the event that a Massachusetts' child does not receive the care and support that they require from their parents, either through the incapacity or death of those parents, the child may be appointed a guardian to see to their needs. A guardian has many responsibilities to the child that becomes their ward, including but not limited to ensuring that the child has food and shelter, is attending school, receives medical care and has their legal rights protected.

What is temporary guardianship?

A guardian is a person who is responsible for taking care of a person who cannot take care of themselves. In Massachusetts the courts can appoint guardians for adults who are incapacitated or otherwise unable to make decisions to support their wellbeing. They can also appoint guardians for kids who do not have parents or other adults able to provide them with support.

Who will care for your child if you are unable to do so?

Massachusetts parents would often do anything for their children to ensure that the youths are well provided for, happy, healthy, educated and thriving. Parents are willing to make incredible sacrifices for their kids to provide them with the opportunities that the parents did not have in their lives. However, one of the most fundamental steps a parent can take to ensure that their child has a loving future is often neglected.

Why might a child be appointed a legal guardian?

When it comes to making important decisions about children's lives their parents often fill the role of judgment makers. Parents in Springfield regularly make choices about how to have their children treated for medical conditions, how they will have them educated and how they will be raised. Making decisions about their children's well-being are critical responsibilities in the lives of Massachusetts parents.

Understanding Grandparents' rights in Massachusetts

While parents are granted custodial rights to their children at birth, there are certain situations that may arise that require someone else to care for those children. These cases are rare though. But, that should not dissuade a grandparent who believes that the best interests of a child would be best served if they became the primary caretaker and guardian of their grandchild.

Massachusetts guardianship of a minor hearings

A few weeks ago, this blog covered some of the very basics of beginning the process of becoming a legal guardian for a child. An adult may do this if, for some reason, the child's parents are not capable of taking care of him or her, due to illness, incarceration, or other circumstances. We discussed who can file a petition for guardianship, and the fact that certain people, such as the child's parents or other relatives, will need to be served notice of the time and date the court sets for a hearing. But, what will generally happen at such a hearing?

First steps for Massachusetts guardianship of a minor

In an ideal world, all children would be taken care of by happy, healthy parents. Unfortunately, that is not the world that Massachusetts residents live in. Parents of minor children can reach a point where they are unable to care for their kids, either due to illness, substance abuse problems, or incarceration, among other reasons. When this happens, someone needs to step in to look out for the children. In many cases this is a family member or friend. However, to be able to legally make many decisions for children and properly care for them, these individuals may need to become the children's legal guardians.

Can a guardian for a special needs child be appointed by parent?

When it comes to your children, there is nothing you wouldn't do for them. Sometimes circumstances can render a parent unable to care for their child. Whether this is due to an inability to care for them due to health, or other personal issues, it is important to ensure your child is cared for. It is possible to plan for this scenario by appointing a guardian to take over for duties that a parent would typically endure.

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