My question involves a child custody case from the State of: New York
I want to know what the advantages/disadvantages of having custody of a 16 year old girl rather than guardianship? Currently my husband and I have temporary guardianship of an 11th grade girl. Her parents(divorced) signed guardianship papers last August and Mom has seen her three times since and Dad not at all. Child protective services is involved with neglect charges against both parents and more serious charges against Dad with issues going back years. CPS mentioned to me that I might want to consider taking more of a role specifically custody.
What advantages or disadvantages does this pose? I am particularly interested in how this might affect financial aid for college. She is a very smart girl who will be going to college. If she has to claim our income she won't be eligible for much in aid.
Are there other issues to consider? CPS are doing a home inspection here next week and have asked me to come to the parent's next court proceedings.
Thank you for any advice!