Seeking to Establish a Guardian in Long Island
Nassau County Family Law Attorney
There are different situations in which a
grandparent or other relative of a child may seek guardianship. Child abuse, neglect
and abandonment are primary reasons, as are drug abuse, alcohol abuse
and mental illness. Becoming the guardian of a child is an important decision
that will establish particular rights and responsibilities in regard to
the child's care and well-being. It is therefore important to discuss
the particular issues involved with this matter with an experienced
Long Island family law attorney.
By contacting our law offices, you can find out more about what you can
do to become a legal guardian of a child in need of your help. Our firm
handles guardianship cases in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens and offers a
free initial consultation to discuss your unique situation.
Becoming a Legal Guardian in Queens, Suffolk or Nassau County
Any adult who is capable of properly caring for a child may ask to be a
guardian. A criminal record will typically limit or eliminate one's
ability to become a legal guardian, but this will vary on a case by case
basis. To become a guardian, you will need to prove that "extraordinary
circumstances" exist that would warrant your assignment in caring
for the child. For example, if the parent has left the child in your care
for extended periods of time, is abusive or neglectful or has a drug problem,
you may be able to seek guardianship. The determination of whether you
will be granted guardianship will depend on what the court determines
is in the best interests of the child. Though you may become a temporary
guardian of a child in cases involving abandonment, abuse or neglect,
you can only become a permanent guardian if its in the best interest of
the child. As a permanent guardian, you would be able to seek the adoption
of the child as well.
If you are a grandparent, relative or other person close to a child and
are interested in seeking temporary or permanent guardianship, it is important
to discuss your options with an attorney experienced in handling these
matters. Our firm handles cases of this kind in Queens County, Nassau
County and Suffolk County as well as in the surrounding areas. We are
happy to discuss your concerns and rights with you to determine the best approach.
Long Island family lawyer
at The Virdone Law Firm, P.C. today to talk about how we can help.