Guardianship

In divorce cases, the Illinois family courts mostly give priority to one of the spouses when granting the custody of a child. However, this isn't always the case, as sometimes neither of the parents are able to properly provide for the safety, health, welfare, and financial needs of their child. In such situations, a family court may appoint a third party as a legal guardian or grant guardianship to a person who requests for the custody of the child. Typically, it is requested by a sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or a close friend of one of the parents.
At Keller Legal Services, we believe that every child has the right to be loved and cared for, at least until they are of the legal age. When the birth parents of a child are unable to provide for them or their home environment is not safe, the most sensible thing to do is appoint a legal guardian who has the child’s best interest. Our guardianship attorneys have a thorough understanding of the legal process, and know how to prove eligibility for this important task in a court.

Types of Guardians

Not every child requires permanent or full guardianship. There are several types of guardianship with varying degrees of authority:

  • General Guardian: A court-appointed guardian who assumes the responsibility of a child and their property.
  • Special Guardian: A person granted immediate yet temporary guardianship in emergency situations for a period of 30 days. A special guardian may work with the court to become a general guardian.
  • Limited Guardian: A legal guardian with limited authority over the child and their property.

Whether you are granted general, limited, or special guardianship, you have to fulfill the eligibility criteria and must be able to take up the general responsibilities of a legal guardian.

The Responsibilities of a Legal Guardian

Being a guardian of a child is a tremendous responsibility. That is why courts have outlined the responsibilities that a legal guardian must be able to fulfill to take custody of a child.
A few responsibilities of a guardian include:

  • Provide adequate shelter, food, and other basic necessities
  • Ensure the child has medical care
  • Fulfill the child’s education and special needs
  • Ensure the child is properly care for
  • Know the basic needs and wants of the child

Guardainship AttorneyGuardianship is subject to termination at any time. Typically, it ends in situations when a minor reaches the legal age, the relationship no longer exists, or the birth parents become capable of taking back the custody of the child. Guardianship may also be terminated if the appointed guardian fails to fulfill their responsibilities.
At Keller Legal Services, our experienced guardianship attorneys can help you understand the responsibilities of a legal guardianship and establish your competency in front of the court. We will use our compassion, in-depth knowledge, and extensive experience to help you evaluate your options and understand your rights.

Experienced Guardianship Attorneys Serving DuPage & Kane Counties and the Chicago Area

Contact Keller Legal Services today by calling 630-868-3093 or by contacting the firm online.