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Guardianship of a minor in AZ

Title 14 of Arizona law allows a person concerned about the welfare of a minor child to petition the court for an appointment as guardian of a child. In certain cases, the court may appoint someone other than a parent – usually a relative – as the child’s guardian.

The guardian of a minor takes over parental responsibility for care and decisions about that child’s housing, medical care, and education. If you are concerned about the welfare of a child in your life and are considering pursuing guardianship, the professionals at AZ Diamond Documents can help with your petition and paperwork. Contact us with your questions about the documents you will need.

Guardian for a child

As the petitioner, you’ll be required to serve a legal notice upon whoever has been responsible for the child’s welfare during the 60 days before the date of your petition. Legal notice must also be given to any living parent of that child and to any minor who is 14 years or older and can understand the process.

Will the parents contest your petition?

Most commonly, minor guardianship involves a situation where the child’s grandparents take over responsibility when the biological parents are unable to do so. If the child’s parents are involved and both seem likely to object to the request, then an attorney should be consulted.

On the other hand, if at least one parent will consent to allow guardianship, then the process is more straightforward. In that case, a professional Certified Legal Document Preparer (CLDP) can help draft the appropriate petition and supporting papers to give you a strong opportunity for guardianship.

Steps to become the guardian for a minor

  • Prepare and file your AZ petition for minor guardianship
  • The court will review your filing and set a hearing
  • Obtain parental consent or serve legal notice to the parent(s)
  • Obtain the minor’s consent, if they’re 14 or older
Based on what is in the child’s best interest, together with your petition, supporting documents and other evidence, the court may decide to appoint you as guardian. Once appointed, you’ll receive the appropriate letters of guardianship to establish your decision-making rights.

Letters of guardianship are often required in order to enroll children in schools or obtain health services. That’s why it’s important to obtain an official order from the court, instead of simply caring for a minor child informally without any legally established relationship.

Arizona legal document preparation

When the entire guardianship process is handled correctly and with care, children can feel secure and confident in a better future. Working with an experienced legal document preparer can help ensure your paperwork and case are handled correctly in a timely manner. You can then enter the process with the hopes that you will gain the opportunity to give the child the best care possible.

Do you have a child in your life who needs guardianship? The professionals at AZ Diamond Documents can help. Contact us now.

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