Appointing a Legal Guardian for Your Own Children
Planning for your child’s future is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. You likely want to do everything you can to set your child up for success down the line, but what if you become unable to provide the care your child needs? Appointing a legal guardian for your child is the best way to make sure that he or she always receives the level of care that you intended, even if you are unable to deliver it yourself.
Adding a clause to your will that specifies who you would like to take over the responsibility of raising your child is the best way to make sure that your loved ones are looked after. To learn more about appointing a legal guardian in Oklahoma, contact us today.
Obtaining Guardianship of a Child
In the state of Oklahoma, a guardian may be appointed over a minor when it appears to be necessary or convenient. A judge will make the call on whether or not your reasons for wanting to become a guardian fit the criteria. While not always the case, the most common reason that a guardian would be appointed is the inability of the child’s parents to provide the necessary care.
Why Consider Becoming a Guardian?
Becoming a legal guardian gives you the authority to make important decisions for the child about aspects of their day-to-day life that may have been neglected by his or her parents. From enrolling the child in school and getting him or her adequate medical care to providing basic necessities like food and financial support, a legal guardian’s role is to serve the needs of the child, whatever they may be.
How to Become a Guardian
Working with a skilled family law attorney is the best way to get the compassionate counsel you need to complete the process of becoming a legal guardian. At Wilson Law Firm PLLC, we seek to provide the guidance our clients need in order to accomplish the necessary steps, including:
- Filing paperwork with the appropriate court
- Requesting that a judge name you the legal guardian of a child
- Attending the hearing to prove why you are fit to take over the responsibilities of raising the child
The overall focus of a guardianship case will always be the well-being and best interests of the child. Our goal is to help you understand your rights in the state of Oklahoma and the responsibilities you will take on as a guardian. Having a legal professional in your corner can make all the difference in conveying your reasoning for seeking guardianship to a judge.
Work with an Attorney to Determine if Guardianship is Right for You
Becoming a guardian requires you to take on a significant amount of responsibility. Speaking with an attorney can help you determine whether or not you are truly ready for all that guardianship entails. Set up a free consultation with us today to discuss whether or not guardianship is right for you and how to go about obtaining guardianship. We provide counsel for a variety of family law issues to clients throughout Oklahoma, including Shawnee, Chandler, Norman, Okemah, and Ada.