A Guardianship May Be Needed For A Child In Danger
Child welfare issues are taken extremely seriously by the California legal system and the court will take swift action if it becomes aware that a child is in danger. If a child is being physically or sexually abused, living with parents who are habitual drug users, or facing some other unsafe condition, the state can and will remove the child from the home.
In many cases, it is the child's grandparents, aunts or uncles who bring the child welfare issues to the attention of the state and seek to become the child's legal guardian. These can be very contentious and emotional situations, and it is important to have a skilled attorney who can remain objective and stay focused on the welfare of the child. At Parranto & Applegate, we represent family members seeking guardianship of minor relatives.
Helping You Through A Difficult Time
Separating a child from his or her parents is not a decision the courts take lightly. There needs to be strong evidence of neglect and removing the child from the home needs to clearly be in the child's best interests. In every guardianship case we take, we work hard to present the strongest possible argument to support your request to care for the child.
These cases are extremely difficult for everyone involved and can fundamentally change the relationship with the child's parents forever. We understand how difficult it can be to make this type of decision and what is at stake once we move forward. We will be there with you at every step and do everything we can to resolve the matter in the most efficient and stress-free manner possible.
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Contact our Santa Rosa office today to discuss your guardianship case with a lawyer. We are available during regular business hours and by appointment at other times. You can reach us by phone at (707) 573-8868 or via email.