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July 20, 2012
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Benefits of formalizing guardianship of grandchildren

I often assist grandparents (or other family members) who need guardianship of minor children.

Grandparents raising grandchildren is one of the fastest growing segments of our population. This can be a difficult and taxing process, emotionally, physically, and financially.

From a legal perspective, there are two types of guardianships involving children. The first is an informal, temporary guardianship.This is where a parent voluntarily signs over custody of the child to another, but it never goes before the court.

The second is a formal court-ordered guardianship. It requires either a finding by the court that the parents are unfit, or the …

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