Guardianship versus Custody of a Child

May 26

There are many reasons why a child may not live with parents. In some situations a guardianship is appropriate and in other cases custody is appropriate. In a guardianship siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles of the minors need to be notified before a guardianship can be created. There are some situations though where this is not possible. One example is where a parent leaves a child with a friend or family member and then leaves. The traditional guardianship can take 3-4 weeks. NRS 125A.335 allows a court to exercise jurisdiction over a child that has been abandoned. NRS 125A.025  defines abandoned to mean any child that is left without reasonable provision for care or supervision. This statute allows the Court to make emergency orders to provide for the child and then sort things out in a few weeks. This statute can be used when an adult has custody of a child but no legal authority over the child. This process is faster than guardianship.