Natural Guardian

A child's parent. In divorce situations, the parent with custody is considered the natural guardian. The opposite of a natural guardian is an appointed guardian or legal guardian, who must be authorized by a court or a will to care for and make decisions on behalf of a minor child. Of particular concern are financial and medical decisions; since minor children generally do not have legal authority to make such decisions, their natural or legal guardian must authorize them.

When a child with a disability becomes an adult with a disability, his or her parent may need to be appointed by a court as guardian and/or conservator in order to continue making medical, personal and financial decisions that the disabled person is incapable of making.


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  • natural guardian — see guardian Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • natural guardian — noun 1. : a guardian by natural relationship having custody of the person but not the property of a minor and under common law being constituted by the father if fit and upon his death or incapacity the mother and in the absence of lawful parents …   Useful english dictionary

  • natural guardian — See guardian by nature; guardian by nurture …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • guardian — guard·ian / gär dē ən/ n: one who has or is entitled or legally appointed to the care and management of the person or property of another compare committee, conservator, curator, receiver …   Law dictionary

  • guardian by nature — natural guardian * * * guardian by nature, Law. either natural parent of a minor …   Useful english dictionary

  • guardian — A person lawfully invested with the power, and charged with the duty, of taking care of the person and managing the property and rights of another person, who, for defect of age, understanding, or self control, is considered incapable of… …   Black's law dictionary

  • guardian — guardianless, adj. /gahr dee euhn/, n. 1. a person who guards, protects, or preserves. 2. Law. a person who is entrusted by law with the care of the person or property, or both, of another, as a minor or someone legally incapable of managing his… …   Universalium

  • natural — Untouched by man or by influences of civilization; wild; untutored, and is the opposite of the word artificial . Department of Public Works and Bldgs. for and in Behalf of People v. Keller, 22 Ill.App.3d 54, 316 N.E.2d 794, 796. The juristic… …   Black's law dictionary

  • guardian by nature — A guardian by nature, at common law, is the father, and, on his death, the mother, of a child. Daniels v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 135 Pa.Super. 450, 5 A.2d 608, 611. This guardianship extends only to the custody of the person of the child to… …   Black's law dictionary

  • guardian's bond — The bond required of guardian by judicial appointment. 25 Am J1st G & W § 47. The bond sometimes required of a natural guardian. 25 Am J1st G & W § 47 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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