Obtaining guardianship of a child can be crucial to the welfare, health and safety of that child. While a parent or legal guardian of a child may voluntarily relinquish this role and hand over guardianship to a grandparent (or another capable adult), in some cases, it may be necessary for non-parents to step forward and petition the court for guardianship over a child who may be in a dangerous situation.

If you are getting ready to seeking guardianship of a child, you can trust your case with experienced Scottsdale Guardianship Lawyer Karen Schoenau. She has the experience, skills and knowledge you can count on to help you successfully resolve guardianship cases, as well as other custody and family law issues.

Guardianship Defined: Guardianships Versus Conservatorships

Guardianship specifically refers to the legal authority an appointed adult has over a child (or an impaired or incapacitated adult). While guardianship over a child can be comprehensive, empowering the appointed guardian to make various medical, legal and other decisions on behalf of a child, it may also be limited in scope, depending on the details of a given case and the needs of a child.

In contrast, a conservatorship grants one adult the authority to make financial decisions on behalf of another impaired or incapacitated adult. Conservatorships tend to be more limited in scope and authority than guardianships.

When to Seek Guardianship of a Child
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Scottsdale Guardianship Lawyer Karen Schoenau is skilled at aggressively advocating people’s rights and successfully resolve guardianship cases.

Although any number of reasons can make seeking guardianship of a child necessary, some of the more common can include that:

  • A child is in immediate danger or is in a harmful situation.
  • A parent is voluntarily giving up guardianship of a child (potentially because the parent has a serious illness and can’t care for the child, will be going to jail or prison, etc.).
  • A child will be turning 18 and has a mental or physical impairment that makes guardianship necessary for his or her safety, health and wellbeing.

In the event that a biological parent of a child objects to a guardianship petition:

  • Proving that this parent is unfit to care for the child will be necessary.
  • Retaining an experienced attorney can help you overcome such challenges associated with guardianship cases.
Scottsdale Guardianship Lawyer at the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau

Do you need help obtaining guardianship of a child? Or are you a parent who needs help fighting a guardianship petition? If so, you can trust Scottsdale Guardianship Lawyer Karen Schoenau for experienced help, honest answers and effective representation.

Since 1987, Karen Schoenau has been dedicated to helping people resolve their sensitive family law matters, including complex cases related to guardianship and custody issues. Known for providing the highest quality legal services at reasonable rates, Scottsdale Guardianship Lawyer Karen Schoenau will always:

  • Aggressively advocate her clients’ rights and interests in any legal setting
  • Work closely with each of her clients to help them understand their best options for proceeding with guardianship cases
  • Work diligently and relentlessly to help them successfully resolve their guardianship cases.
Contact us Today

To learn more and get your guardianship case started, schedule an initial consultation today with Attorney Karen Schoenau. You can set up this meeting by calling 480-209-1918 or by emailing us using the contact form.

From her offices based on Scottsdale, Attorney Karen Schoenau represents clients throughout the metropolitan Phoenix area and the state of Arizona, including in Scottsdale, Mesa, Surprise, Maricopa County, Pinal County, and Gila County.

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Karen was extremely supportive during a very trying time in our lives. She helped me to put things in perspective and think positive when I was overwhelmed. She is very knowledgeable about the laws pertaining to grandparents rights and the rights of the parents and knew how to provide the appropriate laws pertaining to the situation we were in. I am so grateful for her expertise and guidance. She proved to be very aggressive when she needed to be but was also supportive to my and my children. I would recommend her to anyone in a similar situation. Deanna