Probate Court Guardianships
What will I learn about probate court?
- What probate court is.Why you would need to go to probate court to reconnect with your child or grandchild, and why this is especially important for grandparentsYour rights and responsibilities as a child’s legal guardian.The difference between a guardianship, adoption, and foster care.How to end a guardianship to get your parental rights back in reentry.How a judge’s decisions in probate court can affect your rights as a parent.Your rights as a parent if you have been incarcerated and someone else is the guardian of your child.How and why you would go to probate court to become the guardian of someone else’s child, and how going to probate court could help you financially to take care of someone else’s child.How a probate court judge will decide if you should be the guardian of someone else’s child.How your criminal record may affect your chances of being appointed as the guardian for someone else’s child.How your criminal record may affect your chances of being appointed as the guardian or conservator for an elderly or disabled person.How you can show a judge in probate court that you being appointed the guardian is in the “best interest of the child.”Alternatives to becoming a guardian through the probate court.
This section goes into TWO DIFFERENT SCENARIOS about probate guardianships:
- If you were formerly incarcerated and now want to END a probate guardianship set up for your child by someone else while you were away.
- If you were formerly incarcerated and want to BECOME the probate guardian of someone else’s child, and have questions about how your record will impact your ability to do so.
Note: A parent would never become the guardian for his or her own child—only a non-parent becomes a “guardian” for someone else’s child.
If Child Protective Service (CPS) is involved in the child’s case, you probably have to go to juvenile dependency court. See PG. 755 to learn more.
Cal. Prob. Code § 1514(b)(2). ↑