Sims Family Law Group helps non-parents obtain guardianship of children when it is in their best interests. By petitioning the court and becoming a guardian, you can become a child's care provider and be entrusted with important decision-making responsibilities. These include everything from providing food, shelter and clothing to making decisions about his or her education and medical care.
Becoming a guardian is a big responsibility, but we have found that the result is rewarding for everyone involved. Our Oakland guardianship lawyers are ready to answer your questions and help guide you through the guardianship process.
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Our experienced family law attorneys are familiar with the process of petitioning for a guardianship and will provide an honest assessment as to whether you can expect to receive custody of a child on a temporary or permanent basis. First, you must have proof that the guardianship is necessary. These situations typically arise when a child's parents pass away or are otherwise incapacitated. Other qualifying situations arise when a child has lived with a non-parent for such a stretch of time that it would not be in that child's best interests to make any changes to his/her living situation.
We will work with you to file the necessary court documents and supply the proof the court needs to approve your petition. Guardianships are highly technical and even the smallest mistake can result in dismissal, thereby demanding precision in the guardianship process. It is extremely important to have someone on your side who has gone through the process many times before. We can provide you with that guidance and experience so you can turn your focus on what matters most: the child.
There are also times when a temporary guardianship might be necessary. If you are a single parent who needs to take a work-related trip or is being deployed overseas, the added protection of a temporary guardian is something to seriously consider. While you are away, you can feel confident that someone you trust is in a position to make decisions should an emergency occur.
While guardianships do not fall under the umbrella of family law, our team represents people seeking guardianship in Probate Court because we feel that we can better understand how best to analyze and protect a child's best interests due to our background and training as custody lawyers. These skills are typically under-represented among probate attorneys.
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Oakland, CA 94612
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