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How does the guardianship process work in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, as in other states, there are times when a parent may not be able to take proper care of their child. In cases like this, a Massachusetts court can give legal custody of the child to another person through the concept of guardianship. A guardian is expected to provide a stable home environment for a child. The guardian is also supposed to make decisions about a child's education, health and safety. However, if the court renders a judgment that goes against the guardian's decision, the guardian must follow this order.

Getting help with issues related to the guardianship of a child

For many different reasons, there may come a time in the life of a child where considerations need to be made regarding a change in the legal rights of a child. In some cases, this may mean thinking about guardianship of a child as a way of ensuring that the young one is placed in the best possible situation. However, the process of assigning guardianship will need to go through the legal system, which can be a bit daunting for those seeking help.

Guardianship sought for child after parents stop cancer treatment

Parents often believe that they know what is best for their children. This belief can stem from their experience, lifestyle or religious beliefs. When it comes to medical treatment, however, some medical professionals may feel that parents do not make the right decisions if they stop treatment for their children's illnesses. Some medical professionals may even seek information on legal guardianship in order to prevent biological parents from making medical decisions for their children.

Care is important in exercising Massachusetts guardianship

There are horror stories all over the country regarding the abuse of an individual's guardianship powers. In one case, an out-of-state woman reported that she had to endure significant hardship in obtaining legal guardianship of her father after it was temporarily granted to a professional guardian. This story reinforces the belief that Massachusetts families must take special care in the guardianship process, so as to avoid a similar story occurring to them.

Guardianship: appeals court stops abortion, sterilization order

A Massachusetts appeals court has balked at a probate judge's order directing a mentally ill woman to have an abortion and to undergo forced sterilization. The 32-year-old woman suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar mood disorder. Pregnant on two previous occasions, the woman had an abortion the first time and gave birth to a baby boy on the second occasion. The boy is being raised by the woman's parents. In December, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) requested that the parents be granted a temporary guardianship for the purpose of consenting to an abortion on the woman's behalf.

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