A recent Massachusetts appellate case discusses a grandparent’s guardianship petition. In this case, a grandmother sought guardianship of her two minor grandchildren. The Appeals Court had to review whether it could offer any relief in this case. Here, the...
New laws typically do not apply retroactively to cases that have come before its passage. Retroactive application arose recently in the context of juvenile delinquency law by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. New juvenile delinquency law At the center of...
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...
Under what circumstances is there an issue with becoming a guardian of a minor under Massachusetts family law? For example… Consider the following scenario: Ten-year old Rebecca and her seven-year old brother Leon live with their mother, Jodi. Rebecca and Leon...
In some cases, the services of a Guardian ad Litem play a key component. Imagine the following scenario: a doctor diagnoses a ten-year old child named Jacob with a “curable” form of cancer. If Jacob is brought to a hospital for regular chemotherapy treatments, then...
Is an indigent guardian or de facto parent whose guardianship of a child is subject to removal entitled to legal counsel? The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently addressed this issue. Guardianship of K.N. addressed the case of a child born to a 15-year-old...
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