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There are two types of guardianships in Oklahoma, the guardianship of a child and the guardianship of an adult.
The guardianship of an adult is the appointment of his/her affairs being assigned to a competent adult. Adult guardianship is usually perused when an adult is incapable of managing his/her own affairs. Legal incompetence is roughly defined as an adult that is incapacitated due to: mental illness/retardation or developmental disability, physical illness/disability or a drug or alcohol dependency as well as putting themselves in harms way or is just unable to manage their finances. The person put in charge of the adult in Oklahoma is considered the guardian. If the adult is not legally incompetent a person can still be appointed to become his/her conservator or limited guardian. A limited guardian, or conservator, in Oklahoma is usually appointed in cases when a person is only partially incapacitated due to physical limitations/disability or is unable to manage his or her finances.
The guardianship of a child in Oklahoma is very similar to having child custody. Legal guardianship empowers the guardian to make the legal decisions for the child regarding education, health care, religion, and his/her general welfare. The main difference between guardianship and child custody is sometimes just a matter of a biological or non-relative award of the child.
If you have a question regarding the guardianship of an adult or the guardianship of a child, Contact the Oklahoma Family Law Center, we have compassionate lawyers that are able to help you.