Guardianship versus Adoption

Caregiver, guardian and adoptive parent are terms in the lexicon describing adults who oversee the welfare of minor children. Each status, however, imparts different levels of responsibility for the minor’s well-being and varying degrees of court involvement. The...

Guardianship of a Minor

Under what circumstances is there an issue with becoming a guardian of a minor under Massachusetts family law? Consider the following scenario: Ten-year old Rebecca and her seven-year old brother Leon live with their mother, Jodi. Rebecca and Leon were always close to...

Right to a Lawyer for Indigent Guardians

Is an indigent guardian or de facto parent whose guardianship of a child is subject to removal entitled to legal counsel? This was the issue addressed in a recent decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Guardianship of K.N. addressed the case of a child,...