In an ideal world, every parent can consistently provide the care and support their child needs. However, that’s not always the case.

If your child is currently in someone else’s care, it can be challenging to ensure his or her needs are being met. If you find yourself in a scenario like this, you may want to consider a temporary legal guardianship.

Without legal guardianship, a child’s caretaker may have difficulty with necessary everyday tasks, like providing medical care for the child or enrolling him or her in school. Even though you may not be physically caring for your child at this time, you still want what’s best for them. And that includes a guardian who can care for all their needs easily — without the complication of unnecessary legal steps.

Attorney Kevin Kenney is here to help. Whether you are considering a temporary guardianship in Missouri or Kansas, his legal team can guide you through the steps ahead. For more information, please schedule a consult online or by calling 913-671-8008 today.

Please remember: While the information below can be helpful in understanding the temporary legal guardianship of a minor, it is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.

What is Temporary Legal Guardianship?

Temporary legal guardianship is just what it sounds like. It’s a legal arrangement in which parents agree to transfer custody of a child for a short period of time. Usually, this kind of guardianship lasts a few months and is intended to get a child into a safe and stable home at a time where his or her legal parent cannot provide one.

So, what does temporary legal guardianship mean to a prospective guardian? It means they have the legal right to make important decisions (such as financial and medical decisions) on the behalf of the child. A guardian has the same rights as the legal parent, but a temporary legal guardianship letter does not terminate the rights of the legal parent. Instead, a short-term legal guardianship form will detail exactly when the guardianship is to be terminated and the child returned to their legal parent’s custody.

When you contact attorney Kevin Kenney about temporary legal guardianship of a minor, he will discuss with you all the details of this process. This will include whether a permanent or temporary legal guardianship is right for your situation.

How to Obtain Temporary Guardianship in Missouri

If you’re wondering how to get temporary guardianship of a child in Missouri, you’ve come to the right place. Attorney Kevin Kenney has successful guided many petitioners through this process, and he can do the same for you.

Every temporary guardianship agreement in Missouri will require certain steps by the petitioner:

  • Step 1: Obtain a guardianship petition from the court clerk in the county where the child lives.
  • Step 2: Complete the petition with necessary identifying details, your reasons for guardianship and more. Sign the petition upon completion.
  • Step 3: File the petition with the court clerk and deliver a copy to the local sheriff’s office.
  • Step 4: Complete any additional requirements, such as physician’s reports, home visits, background checks and more.
  • Step 5: Attend a court hearing and answer questions regarding your guardianship petition. If your petition is approved, you will receive a guardianship order.

While the process for every temporary guardianship in Missouri will be unique, rest assured that attorney Kevin Kenney will be there to guide you through it. He will ensure that you adhere to all guardianship laws and processes, and that you gather all the proper paperwork and documentation along the way.

How to Obtain Temporary Guardianship in Kansas

The process for temporary guardianship of a minor child in Kansas is similar to that in Missouri in many ways. One of the similarities? The process will go much smoother and more efficiently with the assistance of an experienced family law attorney.

To obtain a temporary guardianship in Kansas, a petitioner must follow these steps:

  • Step 1: With attorney Kevin Kenney’s help, file a guardianship petition asking your district court to appoint you as a guardian for the child in your life. The petition will include documentation such as identifying information, reasons for the guardianship, and personal information from those providing testimony.
  • Step 2: Receive a court order for a guardianship hearing.
  • Step 3: Provide any additional documentation for the examination and evaluation of the ward’s personal situation. Allow time for notices to be sent to the child’s legal guardians.
  • Step 4: Attend a court hearing and answer additional questions regarding your guardianship petition.
  • Step 5: If approved for guardianship, take an oath of guardianship and submit proof you have completed a basic instructional program for guardians. You may also be expected to develop and file a plan of care for the child in your life.
  • Step 6: Receive letters of guardianship and file them with the appropriate authorities.

Wherever you are in the process of getting legal temporary guardianship in Kansas, attorney Kevin Kenney and his team are ready to help. Give us a call anytime at 913-671-8008 for answers to your questions and personal legal advice.