If you’re like many people, you’ve heard of guardianship – that’s what it’s called when an adult takes responsibility for another person. The adult taking responsibility is called the guardian, and the other person is called the ward.
Sometimes, it’s possible to get guardianship of a sibling. This may happen when your parents aren’t able to properly care for your brother or sister, or when your parents are deceased. In order to get custody of your sibling, you must apply for guardianship.
Guardianship of a Sibling in Wisconsin: The Basics
There are two main types of guardianship available in Wisconsin. Guardianship for minors is only for children under the age of 18, while guardianship of incompetent adults is for anyone who’s at least age 17 years and nine months.
If your sibling is a child, you need to pursue guardianship for minors; if they’re an adult who can’t care for themselves, your attorney will suggest that you pursue guardianship of an incompetent adult.
What is a Guardian of a Minor Responsible For?
As a guardian, you are responsible for making decisions, giving consent and advocating for your sibling. It’s up to you to care for your brother or sister when you become their legal guardian. It’s also your job to enroll them in school, provide them with shelter and ensure that they’re healthy. Essentially, you take on the role of parent – at least in a legal sense.
How to Get Guardianship of Your Young Sibling
It may be in your best interest to work with an attorney to get guardianship of your minor sibling. That’s because in order for a judge to agree that your parents – if they’re living – are unfit to parent your sibling, you need to provide a significant amount of proof. Judges don’t take guardianship decisions lightly.
If your parents are deceased, your attorney will be able to give you the guidance you need on getting guardianship of your sibling.
Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Getting Guardianship of Your Sibling?
If you need to get guardianship of your sibling in Wisconsin, you should speak with a family law attorney who understands how the law works and how to start the process. Call us at 414-383-6700 now to schedule a consultation with someone who may be able to help you.