Is a stepparent considered a legal guardian?

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LegalZoom explains that a stepparent may be recognized as a child's legal guardian if they are responsible for the child's basic needs and care. Legal guardianship must be obtained through a court, and it does not terminate the rights of the biological parents.

LegalZoom claims that there are varied legal guardianship requirements and rights from one state to the next. According to the National Stepfamily Resource Center, legal guardianship gives stepparents the right to make certain limited decisions about the child's welfare, including medical decisions and other emergency situations in which a regular caretaker would need legal authority to intervene in on behalf of the child.

Q&A Related to "Is a stepparent considered a legal guardian?"
A stepparent is not considered a legal guardian. In some cases they should be and can be granted legal guardianship by the courts, but they are not automatically a legal anything.
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They are not considered a legal guardian, but there are steps that a bio-parent can take to make sure that their spouse has the right to sign for things like medical treatment when
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Guardians must be 18, they are legally responsible
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A guaruian is someone named by the court as a result as a petition. The person must be determined to be a responsible adult. An "adult" must be over 18, but obviously not
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