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Quick Ways to Squander the Legal Guardianship of Your Children

A person gains guardianship of a child when the primary caregiver is not available to do so. Guardianship is not the same as custody, as a parent may have custody of their child while leaving guardianship to another individual. Following are some of the common ways parents lose rights when serving as guardians.

Neglect or Abuse

Neglecting to tend to the child’s needs or actively causing the child physical or emotional harm defies the purpose of serving as the child’s guardian. If the current guardian has been shown to engage in neglectful or abusive behavior, he or she will lose guardianship.

Notable Drug Use

A guardian can lose a child after becoming dependent on or addicted to alcohol, illegal drugs or medications. The guardian loses the ability to actively and alertly care for the minor when under the influence, thus care should be placed in the proper hands.

Insufficient Quality of Living

Children need a healthy environment to grow up in and if their home matches the state of those homes displayed on hoarders, the government is likely to take this very seriously. North Shore Pest Detective Ltd has had several projects where social work was involved in the need to clean up a home. Those jobs weren’t pretty according to several employees who currently work there. Pests have all kinds of damaging affects to the health of a home and if someone notices how much it is affecting your child, you may find yourself talking with government officials.

Lack of Mental Stability

In the event that the parent suddenly falls victim to a decline in mental or emotional competence, the child’s life can be seriously affected in a short span of time. Guardianship may be revoked and placed with a more stable individual within the same family.


Even if a parent has guardianship of the child, it does not guarantee he or she will do well to care for the child’s needs. In some instances the guardian may leave the minor in the care of a relative while failing to support or even make contact with the child.

Physical Debilitation

While a sudden physical affliction is not the result of the guardian’s intentional behavior, it can certainly play a role in how well he or she can take care of the child. If the guardian suddenly becomes incapacitated to the point that the child’s standard of living is affected, guardianship may be relinquished to an able party.

Financial Hardship

At some point the initial guardian may lose the same financial security he or she had during the time they were approved for guardianship. If another guardian is better able to care for a child he or she may be able to take on the primary role until the situation improves.

General Irresponsible Behavior

If a parent or guardian displays consistent patterns of irresponsible or reckless behavior, it will most likely affect the child, depending on the severity. Once the child’s safety has been compromised, any concerned parties may decide to take action to contest the individual’s right to guardianship of the child.


For more information check out the following websites:

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Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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