Guardianship Lawyers – Westchester, IL
Guardianship of Children & Disabled Adults
When the parents of a minor child can no longer care for the child, a guardian can be appointed to fill the parenting role. This can be done on a temporary or permanent basis. A guardian cares for and supervises the child during the time of guardianship. A guardianship must be approved by the Court, and some guardianship petitions are contested either by a parent or another interested party.
Our family law lawyers are experienced in handling guardianship of children cases. Like the Court, we are primarily concerned about the best interests of the child or children involved in guardianship cases – we advocate for those interests and the interests of our clients.
How To Obtain Guardianship of a Minor Child in Illinois
There are two ways in which someone other than a child’s parent can obtain guardianship of that child. Guardianship may be obtained if the parents of the child can consent and the Court can appoint a guardian for the child. Most cases for guardianship of minor children involve family members such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, or older siblings.
There are many reasons children may need guardians, including:
- Parents abandoned the child
- Parents are addicted to drugs or alcohol
- Parents are sick or disabled and unable to care for the child
- Parents have abused or neglected the child
- Parents have been incarcerated
- Parents have passed away
- The child needs to live in a home other than a parent’s home
If you are seeking guardianship of a minor child or you would like to dispute a guardianship, contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We will go over your legal options and provide a realistic assessment of what you can expect from your case.
Guardianship of Disabled Adults
Due to a mental, physical or developmental condition, some disabled adults are unable to properly care for themselves and their finances. In such cases, a guardian can be appointed by the court to provide assistance with and supervision of personal and financial affairs. Becoming a guardian to a disabled adult can be a complex process – our attorneys are skilled in representing clients in guardianship cases involving disabled adults. Call TODAY to learn how we can help you.
How To Obtain Guardianship of a Disabled Adult in Illinois
In order to become the guardian to an adult you must demonstrate to the Court that the adult is disabled. This can involve a clinical evaluation in which the needs of the disabled person are clearly defined. Depending on the capabilities of the disabled adult – the Court may find that no guardian is required or only a limited guardian is required, etc. A limited guardian is permitted to only make specific decisions for the disabled person that are outlined by the Court.
While family members typically become guardians of disabled adults, they are not automatically given this role. You must petition the Court to become a guardian and show that your guardianship is in the best interest of the disabled person. If the disabled person does not want you to be his or her guardian, the Court gives consideration to those wishes as well.
If you are seeking to be come the legal guardian of a disabled loved one, contact our law to schedule a consultation to discuss the guardianship process. We will answer your questions and walk you through what you can expect.
Contact Us Today
To schedule an appointment to discuss your guradianship law issue with The Law Offices of Christopher D. Edmonds, Ltd., call us at 708 562-9880 or use the online form. Our office is located in Westchester, Illinois.