Re: Guardianship vs Custody
What you have is revocable at the parents desire, anytime with no recourse by you. Guardianship, in itself does not infer physical custody of your ward. The fact that this is not a court acknowledged guardianship means you actually have very few rights. In many situations, you may not even be able to utilize the guardianship to assist your ward due to the fact whatever person you seek assistance from, may not accept your guardianship as being legally established.
Seeking a court approved guardianship would be akin to legal custody of a child. It would give you legal rights to act as the childs guardian even if in contrast to what the parents believe should be done. If they wanted to contest your actions, they then would have to address the courts.
Temp or permanent; that is just what it sounds like. Is the problem a temp one or do you believe the child will require a guardian until they are of age? Are you willing to be the guardian until then?
Physical custody; if the courts granted you physical custody, the child would stay with you and would be under your control. It would remove many rights of the bio-parents. The parents would most likely have "visitation" ordered by the courts
this type of situation is very similar to having the parents of a child divorce only you are one of the parents and the bio-parents are the other.
as it stands now, either parent can come take their child with them anytime they want. You have neither physical custody (rights to have the child with you) or legal custody (rights to make legal, medical, whatever decisions without regard to anothers input).
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.