Is a Stepparent Considered a Legal Guardian?

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.