Establishing guardianship rights in the United States, including Arkansas, can be a very intricate process. Not all parents can provide care and love for their children due to a variety of reasons, or due to the unfortunate death of both parents. In such matters, the grandparents may be the closest relatives who are granted the guardianships of the children.
The mother of deceased celebrity Paul Walker has filed for guardianship of his 15-year-old daughter. According to a report, the mother of the deceased actor has claimed that the teenager’s mother has an alcohol problem, which is why she is asking for parental custody of her grandchild.
The grandmother states that she should be awarded the teenager’s guardianship since she is a responsible person. She is currently working as a registered nurse, and has already raised four children.
Since August 2012, the celebrity’s daughter has been staying with her grandmother. Walker, in his will, has requested that his daughter be awarded a trust worth $16 million, with the understanding that the grandmother should be given the guardianship of his daughter.
The ‘Fast and the Furious’ star died last year in November in a tragic car accident when the vehicle he was riding in crashed into a tree and a light pole.
With legal issues such as this, an attorney might be able to help an Arkansas resident establish guardianship after a complex legal process, which may include multiple hearings and appearances in court. It is unfortunate that not all parents are able to provide a safe environment for their children. For such children, guardianship arrangements should be made. If the grandparents are physically healthy enough to take care of their grandchildren, the court may consider them as the legal guardian of the children.
Source: Helena-Arkansas “Paul Walker’s Mother Seeks Guardianship of His Daughter,” March 20, 2014