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Is It Difficult to Be Appointed a Guardian of a Minor in Connecticut?


A minor child that does not have the protection and care of a biological parent either because the parent lost their life, was deemed to be unfit and had their rights to the child taken away, or suffered some disease or injury event that caused them to become incapacitated, then another party may be able to fill the void as a guardian. Court-appointed guardians can be responsible for the entirety of child care including a minor’s physical and financial well-being. But, being appointed a guardian is not an easy task, and the court scrutinizes applicants. The courts want to ensure that if an individual is granted guardianship they can be trusted to have the child’s best interests in mind and also be competent enough to make this so.

If you would like to establish guardianship over a minor in Connecticut, it can be advantageous to have the assistance of an attorney who knows the process and what is necessary to convince the court that you deserve it. Attorney Brian S. Karpe is a Canton guardianship attorney who knows how to help prospective guardianship applicants be successful in establishing guardianship over minors. You are welcome to bring your case to Attorney Karpe and discuss your situation during a no-cost consultation.

What Do Connecticut Courts Look At When Evaluating a Potential Guardian? 

If you are trying to become a child’s guardian, then you must show the court that you can meet the needs of the child and that you can provide a safe environment that can help them flourish. As a result, you will be taking on several very serious responsibilities if you are successful with your guardianship petition. You may be required to make medical decisions on the child’s behalf, determine their education, and keep them protected in safe housing.

Because of this, the court will look for answers to the following:

  • Does the applicant have the ability and capacity to meet all the needs of the child every day? Can they be there for the child emotionally and physically, can they offer sound moral and ethical guidance, and can they support the child’s education?
  • Older minors, or those that are older than 12 years of age may be asked by the court about who they would like to be their guardian.
  • The court will also identify any connections that the applicant may have with the minor and if an established relationship exists.
  • The court will review the minor’s situation to determine what the best solution would be and in doing this, they may want to see if there are close family members who could fill the guardianship role.

If you are successful with your guardianship petition, then you will be responsible for the child until they are 18 years of age. At that point in their life, guardianship ends.

Call a Guardianship Attorney in Connecticut Today 

Being a guardian of a minor is a big job and responsibility that will be in effect until the minor reaches the age of 18. If you are ready to take on this critical role in a minor’s life, an attorney can help you through the process.

For assistance successfully petitioning the court for guardianship, please call The Law Office of Brian S. Karpe to speak with a Connecticut guardianship attorney at 860-217-1458 today.



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