A guardianship can be an effective way of protecting a child or adult at risk. It grants legal responsibility and decision-making power to the guardian but, unlike adoption, it is not permanent and does not necessarily terminate the rights of the birth parents. The family law attorneys at Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, have helped countless families in Missouri and Kansas navigate the process of establishing legal guardianship.
Guardianships are often sought when one party considers another unfit, unable or unwilling to properly parent a child. The party seeking guardianship may be a relative or a family friend. Often, it is a grandparent who sees his or her grandson or granddaughter being raised in a bad environment — like one involving alcoholism, addiction, mental illness or abusive relationships. These grandparents seek our help to protect the grandchildren they love.
In Missouri and Kansas, the law on grandparents’ rights is constantly evolving. Grandparents who are denied visitation with a child may later petition the court for limited visitation rights or to have their case reconsidered. At Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, our Missouri and Kansas guardianship lawyers maintain a thorough and up-to-date knowledge of current laws about guardianships — including laws regarding elder guardianships — and visitation rights.
Because our lawyers have more than 60 years of combined experience in the field of family law. Because we’ll always tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear, and we won’t drag a process out unnecessarily. Because we are committed to serving our communities by offering clients personal attention and exceptional service at convenient locations in St. Joseph, Liberty and Columbia. And because our highly trained paralegals help keep costs down and make it easier for you to reach someone who is familiar with your case.
If you would like to establish legal guardianship for a minor at risk, or think your case should be reviewed in light of recent legal changes, contact Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, at our St. Joseph location by calling 816-387-8200; our Liberty location by calling 816-792-5100; our Columbia location by calling 573-442-6633; or call us toll free at 888-345-4LAW (4529). You can also contact us online — we’re here to help.