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    Post How to Get Guardianship of an Unborn Child

    My question involves guardianship in the State of: TN-OH

    My niece and her boyfriend (live in TN) want to give my husband and me (live in Ohio) custody of their unborn child. We want to take the baby home from the hospital. We want to adopt eventually, but it is very costly. How much does guardianship cost and who decides if we can become guardian to this unborn child? I guess what we need is some type of legal document, whether it is a poa, custody, or guardianship. Which is easier and less expensive? Do we do this in TN or Ohio? Thanks!

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    Default Re: Guardianship of Unborn Great Niece/Nephew in Tennessee - Oh

    While it's true that when all parties are in agreement a guardianship or custody petition is much easier to deal with, you should all still speak with an attorney in TN who can help you file once the child is born.
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    Default Re: Guardianship of Unborn Great Niece/Nephew in Tennessee - Oh

    If you choose this path, the most sensible approach would likely be to get a power of attorney in Tennessee so that you could take the child to Ohio and authorize any needed medical care, and then to seek guardianship through the Ohio courts (with mom consenting) once you get there. Keep in mind that while adoption is permanent, guardianship can be terminated.

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    Default Re: Guardianship of Unborn Great Niece/Nephew in Tennessee - Oh

    If the intent is that you permanently raise this child, then you are far better served by doing an adoption. The emotional cost (if either mom or dad decide to revoke guardianship) could be very, very high.

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