The Law Office of Christina Martell
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Wheaton Minor Guardianship Attorney

West Chicago legal guardianship attorney

Lawyer Assisting Guardians of Children in DuPage County

While children are usually cared for by at least one of their parents, situations arise in which parents may be unable, unwilling, or unfit to do so. In these cases, another person, such as a close family member or even a trusted family friend, may step in to provide care and allow the child to live with them. To fully meet the child's needs and interact with government agencies, the child's school, and healthcare professionals, this person will likely need to establish legal guardianship for the minor in their care.

Attorney Chrissie Martell has assisted clients with a wide variety of family law matters, and she understands the complicated legal and emotional issues that can be involved in these cases. If you are looking to establish guardianship, she will help you understand your rights and walk you through the steps to follow. With her help, you can ensure the child in your care will have the protections they need to be safe, healthy, and well-adjusted.

Minor Guardianship in Illinois

You may want to become a child's legal guardian for many reasons. A parent may become ill, making them unable to meet the child's needs. A parent may be incarcerated, or they may struggle with drug addiction or other issues that make them unfit to provide parental care. When you have chosen to act as a child's primary caregiver in the absence of their parents, legal guardianship of the child can ensure that you will be able to make the necessary decisions for the child, such as where they will attend school or what medical care they will receive.

Chrissie can help you file a petition for guardianship of a child, and she will provide you with representation in any court hearings, advocating for a resolution to the case that will protect the child's best interests. If the child's parent agrees to the guardianship, she can help you create a written agreement that outlines the rights and responsibilities of all parties. If a parent objects to the guardianship, she can help you demonstrate why you are the person who can best meet the child's needs.

Once you are appointed as a legal guardian, you will have the right to make decisions about the child's upbringing, and you can determine how to adequately meet their needs and protect their safety. Guardianship will not result in the loss of a parent's parental rights, but it will establish legally enforceable boundaries between the child and the unfit parent. The parent will have permission to spend time with their child, but you can make sure that the time is safe and within specific legal limits, allowing all parties to maintain a healthy relationship fostering the child's growth and development.

Contact a Warrenville Guardianship Lawyer

If you are looking to establish legal guardianship of a minor, Chrissie Martell can answer your questions and advise you on the legal procedures you will need to follow. She will work to help you complete the required steps with minimal conflict when possible, and she will ensure that your rights and the best interests of the child are fully protected throughout the legal process. With her help, you will be able to meet the child's needs both now and in the future.

To set up an appointment to discuss guardianship or other family law issues, contact The Law Office of Christina Martell at 630-717-2772. We offer consultations for a $100 fee, which will be credited to your account upon retention. We represent clients in Wheaton, Naperville, Warrenville, Winfield, West Chicago, and throughout DuPage County, Kane County, and Cook County.

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