Juvenile Guardianship

When a loved one experiences life events that put them in a position where they can no longer make the necessary day-to-day decisions necessary to care for their minor children, it may be necessary to seek guardianship for these children. In Arizona, juvenile guardianship matters are handled either by the probate court or the juvenile court depending on the circumstances involved.

Nevertheless, whether the case proceeds through the probate or the juvenile court, it is important to have experienced and knowledgeable attorneys by your side to guide you through the guardianship process. Whether you need to pursue a guardianship through the probate court or the juvenile court, the experienced attorneys at the Dodds Law Firm are here to assist you during these emotionally trying times.

Depending on the circumstances, a guardianship proceeding may be rather straight forward. However, there are times when multiple issues may exist or events have occurred that can make the process much more complex and difficult. For example, factors such as when the parent(s) abandoned their children, when the children have been mentally or physically abused or when governmental entities have become involved in the care of the parent(s) children.

At the Dodds Law Firm, our experienced attorneys will work on your behalf and with all the parties who have or may become involved in caring for these children. Our goal is to seek ways to minimize and resolve unnecessary or disruptive disputes that have arisen or are likely to arise during the guardianship proceedings, thus lowering the overall cost to you in your effort to care and protect these children. However, when a negotiated resolution is not available, our experienced attorneys will be a strong advocate for your interests in the courtroom.