My Grandson came to live with me Dec.23,2017 when his mother passed away. I would like to file for Guardianship of him until he is 18. The father is not in the child's life. I feel I need to do this For any legal matters that may come up. Thank you . Kristin Prang
In order to obtain a guardianship several things have to be performed. The general process consists of filing a petition and order appointing a court visitor, providing notice to interested parties, and barring no objectioins - filing the limited judgment. Some courts may have a packet you can use to help guide you through the process. Otherwise, your only option is to speak with an attorney who performs guardianships.
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You should talk to a family law attorney near you . It isn't just a matter of filling out forms, but it's a matter of notifying certain interested persons and potentially a contested hearing. The father typically has to be legally served with notice, even if he has otherwise absented himself from the child's life. Sometimes a home study is required to ensure you can provide a suitable environment for the protected person. This isn't a process you should try to navigate alone if you don't have to do so.
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