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Do you need help obtaining guardianship of a child? Or are you a parent who needs help fighting a guardianship petition? If so, you can trust Scottsdale guardianship lawyer Karen A. Schoenau for experienced help, honest answers, and effective legal representation.

Why Choose Us

Since 1987, the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau has helped people resolve their sensitive family law matters, including complex divorce cases related to guardianship and custody issues. Known for providing the highest-quality legal services at reasonable rates, Scottsdale guardianship lawyer Karen A. Schoenau will always:

  • Aggressively advocate her clients’ rights and best interests in any legal setting.
  • Work closely with each of her clients to help them understand their best options for proceeding with guardianship cases.
  • Work diligently and relentlessly to help them successfully resolve their guardianship cases.

How a Scottsdale Guardianship Lawyer Can Help

If you are getting ready to seek legal guardianship of a child, you can trust your case with our Scottsdale guardianship lawyer Karen A. Schoenau. Initiating this process can be crucial to the welfare, health, and safety of that child. Our guardianship lawyers experienced in family law practice can provide you with legal advice in determining your options in the best interest of the child or incapacitated person.

A parent or legal guardian of a child may voluntarily relinquish this role and hand over guardianship to a grandparent (or another capable adult). However, in some cases, it may be necessary for non-parents to step forward and petition the court for guardianship over a child who may be in a dangerous situation. Our attorney has the experience, skills, and knowledge you can count on to help you successfully resolve guardianship cases, as well as other custody and family law issues.

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What Is The Difference Between Guardianships and Conservatorships in Arizona?

Guardianship specifically refers to the legal authority an appointed adult has over a child (or an impaired or incapacitated person). While guardianship over a child can be comprehensive, empowering the appointed guardian to make various medical, legal, and other decisions on behalf of a child, it may also be limited in scope, depending on the details of a given case and the needs of a child.

In contrast, a conservatorship grants one adult the authority to make financial decisions on behalf of another impaired or incapacitated person. Conservatorships tend to be more limited in scope and authority than guardianships.

When to Seek Guardianship of a Child in Scottsdale, AZ

Although any number of reasons can make seeking guardianship of a child necessary, some of the more common can include that:

  • A child is in immediate danger or is in a harmful situation.
  • A parent is voluntarily giving up guardianship of a child (potentially because the parent has a serious illness and can’t care for the child, will be going to jail or prison, etc.).
  • A child will be turning 18 and has a mental or physical impairment that makes guardianship necessary for his or her safety, health and well-being.

In the event that a biological parent of a child objects to a guardianship petition:

  • Proving that this parent is unfit to care for the child will be necessary.
  • Retaining an experienced guardianship attorney in Scottsdale can help you overcome such challenges.

Contact an Experienced Guardianship Lawyer in Scottsdale, AZ

To learn more and get your guardianship case started, schedule a free consultation today with Scottsdale guardianship attorney Karen A. Schoenau. If you are seeking guardianship over a loved one, speak to our Scottsdale family law attorney today by calling 480-209-1918 or by contacting us online.

From her law office in Scottsdale, Attorney Karen Schoenau represents clients throughout the metropolitan Phoenix area and the state of Arizona, including Scottsdale, Mesa, Surprise, Maricopa County, Pinal County, and Gila County.


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