I raised my step daughter from previous marriage. Ex is an alcoholic. Waited to divorce him until stepdaughter was strong enough to handle me leaving since I would not be able to take her.She fell apart Both parents are alive, remarried to each other and live close.The environment is not a good one for child. Parents asked me to take guardianship. I agreed-I love her so much and she loves me. She is now thriving,has made friends and excelling in school (she's on course to graduate as a Junior with her associates degree thru dual enrollment). But-I am now broke and just can't afford. Asked parents for help and they have stopped all communication. I need help. don't want to return child (she will fall apart) but I can't afford (my bank is-$662 for first time in life) 830 credit is falling
Is it the guardianship (i.e. attorney fees and costs) that you cannot afford or the expense of raising the child?
If it is the guardianship, perhaps you can see if your attorney would be willing to continue representation pro bono. If not, contact your local legal aid society and see if you can get assistance through them.
When you say "guardianship" is it a guardianship granted by a circuit judge in Florida? Nobody but a court can grant guardianship. If it is a legal guardianship you should call a probate/guardianship attorney for advice. If you were just given the child by the parents you need to talk to a family lawyer about support and possible social services that may be available.
Contract the Public Guardianship program in your county. They can serve as guardians in a pro-bono capacity.
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