I am deeply committed to finding permanent solutions for children in need of stable families and parent figures. Placing a child or children into permanent living situations is a high priority at Bechtel Family Law.
"Legal guardianship" refers to the transfer of legal responsibility for a child from a parent to a relative or other suitable interested party. Unlike adoption, guardianship is not permanent and does not terminate any parental legal rights to the child. Guardianship of a child can be modified by the court, and full parental custodial rights can be restored.
A guardian is responsible for the child’s medical care, education, living environment, finances, and day-to-day needs like transportation, food and clothing. Guardianship proceedings are frequently filed by grandparents when a parent is unable to care for and support the child. Unfortunately, these issues often arise when a parent suffers from addiction or psychiatric issues. Whether you need assistance establishing or transferring guardianship, Bechtel Family Law is here to help.
In West Virginia, infant guardianship proceedings are referred to as FIG (Family Infant Guardianship) cases. FIG cases can be heard in either family court or circuit court. Michelle Bechtel will help you determine the appropriate court in which to file your FIG case.
As a 20+ year family law veteran, Michelle Bechtel is exceptionally skilled in finding inventive solutions to divorce, custody, and numerous other family law issues. She has helped countless families with both complex and simple family law matters, helping to create happy homes throughout the state.
In my endless search to find innovative child care solutions, guardianship is just one of several options that can be adapted to fit your unique situation and place a child you love in the best possible environment. Contact me today and we'll get started.