Helping You Establish Guardianships Over Loved Ones In Need
When an individual is concerned about the well-being of a child and would like to care for that child, the individual can be appointed as a guardian of the child. There is a strict legal procedure that must be followed to establish guardianship, and it is wise to obtain representation from an experienced lawyer to ensure the procedure is handled correctly.
At the Law Office of Amy L. Gervich, our family law and child custody attorneys help individuals in the greater St. Louis area, including Clayton, obtain guardianships of minors. If you are concerned about the conditions in which a child you know is living, you can take an active step to bring that child into your loving, safe environment.
We Can Help You Establish Legal Guardianship Of A Minor
As with all legal issues involving a child, the best interests of the child will be the key factor in determining if guardianship is granted. Guardianship is often used by grandparents, aunts, uncles and other concerned family members when one or both parents have been deemed unfit. A parent’s “unfitness” can be due to:
- Drug use
- Alcohol abuse
- Child abuse and neglect
Once you assume legal guardianship of the child, legal and physical custody of the child is transferred to you, but parental rights are not terminated. In some situations, a legal guardian will eventually want to adopt the child, and parental rights must be terminated for this to occur.
Contact Us Today For A Free Consultation
At the Law Office of Amy L. Gervich, our experienced guardianship attorneys are knowledgeable about the relevant laws to help potential guardians reach their goals. While it may seem like a daunting and complex task, you can step in to help a child with help from our attorneys. Whether you are a grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle or another relative, we understand that you are worried about the future of a child or children you love.
Our attorneys work hard to protect your rights and the best interests of the children in your life. We offer free initial consultations to discuss your rights and options. Contact us online or call 866-942-1169 today to arrange your consultation.