Legal Assistance In Little Rock With Guardianship Arrangements For Minor Children

Guardianships are created for people who are incapable of maintaining basic life necessities or handling their affairs on their own, like minor children.

Understanding Guardianship Of Minor Children In Arkansas

If both legal parents pass away or are incompetent or unable to care for their children for other reasons, a minor child (known as a ward) will need a legal guardian. It is usually a grandparent or other relative who petitions to become legal guardian. However, anyone with a relationship with the child can apply for guardianship.

Sometimes, parents consent to guardianship to free themselves of the obligations of raising a child, or in recognition that they are not currently able to provide their child with the care he or she needs and deserves. In such cases, it is presumed that the parents are acting in the best interests of the child. Once the parent gets back on their feet, they can petition the court to terminate the guardianship.

An Important Arkansas Case Ruling

In May 2012, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that parents who consent to a guardianship can petition to get legal custody of their child back at any time without the necessity of showing that return to their custody is in the child's best interests. It is presumed they were acting in the child's best interests in consenting to the guardianship, and therefore, are continuing to do so. The burden is on the guardian who wishes to maintain the guardianship to demonstrate why a return to the parents' custody would not be in the child's best interests.

Contact Us With Questions Regarding Guardianship In Arkansas

Family law attorney Vickie Lynn Cochran has extensive experienced helping people with the guardianship process. The Law Office of Vickie Lynn Cochran often assists individuals with guardianships for minor children and adult loved ones who require ongoing care.

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Call us at 501-313-1813 or email us today to discuss your specific legal matter with a Little Rock guardianship attorney. We offer free initial consultations and flexible appointments.