Oklahoma City Guardianship Lawyer
Are you worried about the safety or well-being of your grandchildren because their parents are unwilling or unable to take care of them? Do you know an adult who, because of a mental handicap, physical handicap, or some other reason, is unable to manage her financial affairs, health, or property?
At The Women & Children’s Law Center, our family law attorneys stand ready to help you file a guardianship petition or answer your questions about Oklahoma guardianships. Please contact our experienced Oklahoma guardianship lawyers today for a phone consultation.
Guardianships over Children
With respect to guardianships over children, a petition for guardianship may be brought on behalf of the child by a family member (relative, grandparent, aunt, uncle, stepparent) or other concerned individual by filing a petition for guardianship with the court.
The petitioning family member or concerned party does not have to be the child’s caretaker as a prerequisite to filing a petition for guardianship.
A court may appoint a guardian of a minor whenever both of the child’s parents with legal custody are unfit. Parents could be unfit if they are unable or unwilling to care for the child, and their unfitness may be shown by the parent’s drug abuse, drug dependency, domestic violence, or other acts that place the child at risk of harm.
Guardianships over Adults
With respect to guardianships over adults, a petition for guardianship may be brought on behalf of the adult by an individual concerned for the adult’s welfare by filing a petition for guardianship and a guardianship plan with the court.
A court may appoint a guardian of an adult whenever the adult is incapacitated or partially incapacitated. Incapacity includes physical disabilities, mental disabilities, or both, that render the adult incapable of taking care of herself or managing her property, business, financial affairs/money, health, or living arrangements. Incapacity can be shown by mental incompetence, old age, disease, weakness of mind, or some other cause.
A person appointed a guardian of an adult will have legal custody over those aspects of the adult’s life that, she is no longer able to control or manage.
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Contact our Oklahoma guardianship lawyers today to be advised of your options under Oklahoma guardianship law, and to receive guidance on how best to proceed. We offer a phone consultation and reasonable fees. Credit cards accepted.