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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007

    Default Taking Guardianship Of A Minor

    My wife and I are taking custody of a 13 year old non-family member and I have a few questions. We live in California.

    1. The biological mother is willing to sign informal ,caregiver affidavit, and private guardian forms but is reluctant to go through the courts. I would like a legal guardianship so I can get my health insurance to cover her needs. The child has been moved 5 times in the past year, all to private residences. When we receive caregiver status is there any recourse to gain a more formal guardianship if the biological mother is unwilling to sign forms? I believe the minor would petition to have us named guardians but I'm not sure if that even makes a difference in the eyes of the court. There is a history of neglect on the part of the biolgical mother but I don't believe any official action has been taken against her.

    2. If the minor petitioned to have us named as guardians what are the chances of a court giving us guardianship? I realize there are many variables here. As I said earlier I believe that a long history of neglect could be related by the minor. Our home is stable, both employed, degrees etc...

    I realize this is a vague question but any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2006

    Default Re: New to guardianship

    You need excellent legal advice.

    If you want to be a guardian, talk to your insurance agent and make sure you have very good liability insurance.

    Then hire that lawyer.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007

    Default Re: Taking Guardianship Of A Minor

    Senior Judge.

    I hope you see this reply because I very much appreciate your advice. In all the chaos of examining guardian law I had never even considered the liability issue. I took care of this today with my insurance company. Thanks again for this advice.

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