Most people, including several experts, would agree that children need stability. Although stability includes having an established daily routine, in a broader sense it also means having a home that is consistent and that can provide them with the safe, loving, and nurturing environment they need. Of course, this stability can occur in many ways, as children can thrive in two-parent households, a single-parent household where sole custody has been obtained, two households through a joint custody agreement, or in an adoptive home.
Another option is guardianship. Through a guardianship, a parent can essentially bestow parental rights upon another individual until such a time that the parent is once again able to assume parental responsibilities. While this arrangement can prove beneficial for all parties involved, it can also pose a lot of risks. Those obtaining guardianship accept the heavy parental responsibilities that come along with it, and parents put themselves in a position where they may have to demonstrate they are fit if they want to dissolve a guardianship.
Regardless of which side an individual finds himself or herself, presenting one's position in a legally sound way can be crucial. Failing to do so could result in unwanted consequences that can leave a child in a difficult position. With so much at stake, it is helpful if Californians who are addressing guardianship issues consider acquiring legal assistance.
At the Law Office of Cecil & Cianci, our team of dedicated attorneys understands the heartache that is often associated with contested issues involving children. With such an understanding, we aggressively advocate for our clients. We work with them side-by-side to ensure that we understand their positions and that we can secure all evidence needed to thoroughly present their case to the court. Guardianship can be a challenging issue to address, though, which is why we encourage individuals to carefully choose their legal representatives before proceeding.