You may be a grandparent who wants to be appointed as a guardian for a grandchild or you may want to have your new partner appointed a guardian of your child from a previous relationship. By becoming a guardian you take on the rights and responsibilities of making decisions about the important things that affect the child(ren) directly - including decisions about...

  • where they live
  • their health
  • their education
  • their general welfare

Whatever your reason for becoming a guardian, Family Law Results can help you with guardianship and explain the differences between guardianship and adoption.

Sometimes guardians cannot agree about an issue affecting your child(ren)'s welfare. Such issues range from not agreeing about which school a child should attend through to whether a child should have surgery or move overseas to live. Family Law Results can provide you with the advice and support to help you find solutions if you are in such a situation.

To get the support and advice you need with guardianship - call 09 297 2010, or, click here to send us a message.

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What is a Guardian?

A guardian is someone who has been given by law the same duties, rights responsibilities and power as a parent. Parents are in most cases automatically a child's guardian. Other people can become guardians by:

  • being appointed a testamentary guardian in a parent's will
  • appointment by parents if approved by the Family Court
  • being appointed by the court after making application to be appointed

To find out more about adoption, click here.