Guardianship

Guardianship law in California appoints a guardian to take legal responsibility for a minor child. A family member may accept guardianship of a child if a parent becomes terminally ill, or the parents are unavailable or unfit to parent, or upon death of both parents. Consent is typically required where the child’s parent(s) are still alive.

Guardians are responsible for providing:

  • Food, clothing and shelter
  • Safety and protection
  • Management of the minor’s finances
  • Medical and dental care

An attorney can advise you as you consider whether a guardianship is in your family’s best interests. Cortino Family Law advises clients on the proper procedures to obtain a guardianship. Our practice handles the actual guardianship proceedings, as well as a termination of guardianship.

Contact our office to find out how we can help you.