Permanent Guardianship vs. Adoption

Permanent Guardianship vs. Adoption

A permanent guardian is different from an adoptive parent in the amount of responsibility he or she has in rearing the child. An adoptive parent has parenting rights as well as financial responsibilities toward the adopted child or children. They are expected and required to provide financial support to their adoptive children, even after a marriage has ended, until the age of majority.

A permanent guardian may act as a stand-in for a child’s legal parents but does not have the personal, financial responsibility of the parents.

He or she may have been chosen by the parents or the court system to rear the child in the parents’ absence and may be given the run of an inheritance or estate until the child reaches the age of majority or an age specified in a Last Will and Testament.

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