Florida Law provides that any person who is 18 years or older, except a person excluded by certain crimes can become a guardian of a child. The statute provides for other exceptions to becoming a guardian of a minor such as incapacity, illness, or if the court finds one to be otherwise “unsuitable” to become a guardian of a child.
An Atlantic Beach Guardianship Lawyer will meet with you at the beach, provide you with a questionnaire, and make a determination as to your suitability to become a guardian. A petition for appointment as guardian is filed with the Duval County Probate Clerk, and the case is opened. The natural parents must either give their consent to the guardianship or be found to have neglected or abandoned their child.
There are several documents that must be filed with the court before a hearing will be set in front of the probate judge. The person seeking to be appointed for the court must appear at the hearing. The minor does not have to attend the hearing, however, the unique circumstances of each case will dictate.