Attorney Robin B. Rose Buxton Represents Children and Families in Guardianship Cases in Massachusetts
There are times when parents cannot make decisions or properly care for their children. In these cases, a legal guardian must be appointed to protect the child’s best interests. In Massachusetts, anyone over 18 years old can petition the Probate and Family Court for guardianship of a minor. This includes grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members, as well as non-family members who are interested in the child’s welfare.
Once approved by the court, a legal guardian has the right to make fundamental decisions for the child, including where the child lives, attends school and receives medical care.
It is important to hire an attorney to help you with your petition. For more than a decade, Attorney Buxton has represented the best interests of children and families in Massachusetts courts. She specializes in guardianship and child custody cases, working with a goal of creating stable homes for children. “You can trust me to work hard for you. I am committed to representing the child’s best interests in guardianship matters, every step of the way,” Attorney Buxton says.
Learn your rights in guardianship matters. For a free legal consultation, contact Attorney Buxton at 978-650-1120 or use our contact form.
Common Questions About Massachusetts Guardianship Cases:
Can I Seek Guardianship of a Child in Massachusetts?
Anyone who is 18 years old can petition for guardianship of a minor under age 18 in Massachusetts.
How Soon Can I Get Guardianship?
A judge can enter an order for temporary guardianship after your petition is filed in court, which may give you the ability to move a child out of a troubled home right away if you are concerned about their well-being. Your petition for guardianship will still be heard while you are serving as temporary guardian.
Every situation is different. Attorney Buxton can review the details of your case with you and help you decide if it is appropriate to seek temporary guardianship.
Can the Parents Object to a Guardianship Petition in Massachusetts?
You can seek guardianship with or without the consent of the parents if they are found to be “unfit” by the court. It is easier to obtain guardianship with consent from the parents. No challenges means fewer steps to take in court.
If a parent challenges the guardianship petition, you must address the reasons they are unfit. You may call witnesses and gather the appropriate written records to present to the court.
Does the Child Have Any Say Over the Guardianship Petition?
It is always important to hear from children, but as a matter of law, children over 14 years old have greater rights in Massachusetts guardianship cases. They can actually sign onto your petition seeking guardianship to show their support.
What Rights Will I Have as Guardian of a Child?
A legal guardian has the right to make decisions regarding the child’s care and custody, including where the child lives, attends schools and what medical treatment they receive.
Attorney Robin B. Rose Buxton specializes in family law, child custody and guardianship cases and regular appears in the Probate and Family Court in Worcester and Middlesex counties in Massachusetts. If you have a question regarding a legal matter, please contact her for a free legal consultation at 978-650-1120 or use our contact form.