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Guardianship of Minors

Empowering Guardians to Exercise Their Rights

Facilitating the Guardianship Process for Better Outcomes

It’s not uncommon for family circumstances to change. In some instances, this necessitates a non-parent seeking legal guardianship — legal responsibility for the physical and financial care and well-being — of a child.

Fortunately, both Oregon and Washington have pathways for people other than biological parents to establish a caregiver relationship with a minor in need. As leading family law attorneys with over 40 years of experience, we’ve helped countless families with their guardianship needs. We’re ready and able to assist you with your case. 

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Why & How to Gain Guardianship of a Minor

The Role of Legal Guardianship

Formal, informal, long-term, or temporary guardianships of minors may be necessary for a number of reasons. The pursuit of legal guardianship usually involves situations in which someone other than a legal parent has participated significantly in raising the child — as is common with blended families, families headed by same-sex couples, and grandparents.

Regardless, guardianship offers the much-needed structure and authority to provide for and protect the child. While there are similarities to having legal custody, legal guardianship is backed by the authority and accountability of the court.

Understanding the Legal Process & Requirements

Establishing legal guardianship can be a complex, contentious, and consequential process. As such, it’s critical that you engage a family law firm that has demonstrated skill with guardianship cases. At Gevurtz Menashe, your guardianship attorney will provide appropriate legal advice, guide you through the process, and ensure your rights are protected.

The process can vary from state to state, but the general steps for obtaining guardianship are relatively consistent.

Neither Oregon nor Washington require biological parentage, blood relationship, legal adoption, or cohabitation for those seeking legal guardianship. Both states allow children to continue to enjoy contact with people who’ve played a meaningful child-rearing role — like stepparents or other relatives — sometimes even if the child’s legal parent does not agree.

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“As an attorney/mediator in private practice in Portland, Oregon for over 20 years, I have facilitated numerous family law mediations with attorneys from the Gevurtz Menashe  firm and their clients. I can always count on the Gevurtz Menashe attorneys to be well prepared, professional and strong advocates for their clients in the settlement process. To a one, the attorneys bring strong skills, common sense and the desire to do the best for their clients, not only in litigation, but in negotiations that lead to appropriate settlements and avoid unnecessary litigation and the costs of trial.”

-Ingrid Slezak



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The Guardianship Attorneys You Need

For three decades, the Gevurtz Menashe family law team has been helping clients navigate matters related to custody and guardianship. We also provide expert estate planning services child guardians may need. To learn more or start taking action, contact us at our Portland (503-227-1515) or Vancouver (360-823-0410) office for a consultation.