Guardians manage the personal affairs of minors and vulnerable adults, who are referred to as wards or protected persons. Appointed by the courts, legal guardians have the responsibility of ensuring that wards are taken care of. From food and shelter to medical care, education, and more, a legal guardianship in Colorado can come with several duties and limitations.
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A guardianship can be put into effect for minors and adults under difficult circumstances. Guardianships for minors are typically enacted when one or both parents pass away. In some cases, this means that requests for minor guardianships may be detailed in a will. If the child is 12 or older, (s)he has the right to agree to or refuse the guardian named in a will. When a child exercises his or her right of refusal, the court will typically appoint a different guardian.
Other circumstances under which Colorado courts will name guardians for minors can include (and are not limited to):
For adults, guardianships are generally enacted when an adult is:
The Colorado courts will require proof of disability or incapacity when there is a request to enact guardianships for adults.
Guardianships in Colorado can differ, based on the conditions under which they are enacted and the duration of the legal relationship. The three different types of guardianships in Colorado include:
The duration of a guardianship will depend on several factors, including the age and health of the ward. In general, guardianships for minors come to an end when minors turn 18. For vulnerable or incapacitated adults, guardianships can last until death or until the court terminates the legal relationship.
Here, it’s also important to note that:
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The truth is that Colorado guardianship cases can get complicated—and that you may only have one chance to present your case. Make sure you’re prepared with the right strategies, a persuasive case, and top-notch representation. Make sure you have our Colorado family lawyers on your side.
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As skilled advocates who are dedicated to putting clients first, we are proud to work as true partners with our clients in all types of guardianship and family law cases. We have a reputation for excellence and top-quality representation, and we are known for providing personal attention and strategic, practical solutions tailored to each client’s unique circumstances. Plus, whenever it’s time to fight for you in court, you can count on us for tough, tireless representation in the pursuit of the best possible outcomes.
Colorado offers a method for immediate relief when a child is at imminent risk of physical or emotional harm by a parent. The court can act immediately to suspend all unsupervised with the parent allegedly putting the child at risk and place them under emergency child custody with a legal guardian.
Formerly known as child visitation, Parenting Time outlines the schedule and conditions under which each parent may see their children
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