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  1. #1
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    Jul 2017

    Default Do You Need Guardianship of an Adult Student Who Lives With You

    My question involves a person located in the state of: Louisiana. My husband and I are contemplating taking in a non-relative that is 18 years old. He is a senior in high school therefore he cannot work full time to support himself. We would be providing room and board, as well as, parental guidance. Do we need to be his legal guardians to be his point of contact with the education system? Is there a way to put him on our health insurance without becoming his legal guardians?

    Any advice is appreciated.

  2. #2
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    Jun 2006

    Default Re: Guardianship of Student Over 18 in Louisiana

    I am addressing the insurance question only.

    Assuming that your health insurance is through your or your husband's employer, I cannot imagine a set of circumstances under which a non-relative who is a legal adult would be considered an eligible dependent under your policy unless you were his legal guardians and had a court order to that effect.

    In most if not all states legal guardianship ends at 18 - it does not begin there unless the 18 year old is in some way disabled and incapable of self-care.

  3. #3
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    Sep 2005
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    Default Re: Do You Need Guardianship of an Adult Student Who Lives With You

    Unless he's legally incapacitated (e.g., due to mental illness or infirmity, physical incapacity, or a similar incapacity), you cannot get guardianship -- he's an adult.

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