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Can a close friend be your legal guardian and what needs to be done if you go to court?

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2005-12-23 23:52:48
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Individual states establish requirements that are necessary for an adult to become the legal guardian of a minor. Any adult can petition the court for guardianship but the decision as to whether or not said person is qualified will be made by the judge presiding over the case. In general a guardian must be of a responsible age (at least 21), have an established residence, a stable living environment, present proof of acceptable financial stability, and so on. In most cases the person petitioning for guardianship must pay all legal fees and court costs, the exception being a case of neglect or abuse where a guardian is appointed by the court. In the same venue that any adult can apply for guardianship of a minor, any "interested party" (parent, relative, counselor, etc,) can contest the guardianship action.

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