Family Law Attorneys Serving Madison, Bond, Clinton, and St. Clair Counties in Illinois
Here at Kovach Law, PC, family law refers to the guardianship and adoption of children. The difference between these two terms is that when you adopt a child, you freely take on the role of a parent for a minor child under the age of 18; you are their parent and are responsible for them. When you are deemed a guardian, the court has appointed you to be responsible for the minor. Most of the time, this happens when a family member passes, and their children need someone to fulfill the parent role.
What is a Legal Guardian in Highland, IL?
The state of Illinois deems that a legal guardian is “a person, institution or agency appointed by the probate court to manage the affairs of another, called the ‘ward.’”
The Guardian Process
How Adoption Works
To be eligible to adopt a child, you must:
- Have lived in Illinois for six months
- Have an excellent reputation with the community you live in
- Not have a disability
To be eligible to be adopted, you must:
- Be authorized by a court that has consented to the adoption
- Be placed in the custody of the prospective parents by the biological parents
- Have been surrendered to an adoption agency, with consent from biological parents