If you are like most parents, you do not want to think about a time when you cannot care for your children. However, this world is full of unknowns, and anything can happen.
Therefore, if you have not completed an estate plan and designated guardianship of your minor children, you should do so quickly. This is what you should know about naming a guardian.
The person you choose should have the same values, morality, religious beliefs and child-raising strategies as you do. Your choice also needs the physical, mental, financial and emotional capability to care for your children. Consider choosing someone close to home.
In addition, ensure that your candidate can legally assume guardianship. For example, choose a legal adult with a sound mind that is not incarcerated or does not have violent felony convictions.
Choose a backup
There are circumstances when your first choice cannot take your children. In these cases, you need a backup. Use the same criteria you used for your primary choice.
You need to discuss your decision with the individuals you chose. They should learn what a guardian is and all the responsibilities associated with becoming one. Allow these individuals to take time to make an informed decision without pressure from you.
Choose for now
Instead of thinking years ahead, choose someone who can care for your children at their current age or in the next few years. For example, your parents may have the capabilities to care for your children now, but may not as they age. You can always reevaluate in the future.
As a parent, you should always put your children’s best interests first, so take your time finding a mature, experienced guardian with the ability to nurture and raise your child.