It is an issue that very few parents want to deal with. Parents tend to try to avoid the issue of picking a guardian for their child should something happen to them. It isn’t because they don’t want their child cared for if something should happen, it is just a scary issue to approach. However, approaching this subject with your attorney could save a lot of headache should the unexpected happen to you.
Appointing a guardian isn’t as hard as many people might believe. There are standardized forms that every attorney fills out that names the person who is to be guardian in charge should something happen to the parents to leave them unable to parent. The hard part comes in choosing who should be named a guardian and this is something that an attorney cannot help with.
The person that you name as a guardian should be someone that you trust to raise your children in the values and ways that you would. There are a few questions that you can ask yourself when you are considering naming a guardian that can help you decide who should be named.
Ask yourself some of these questions:
Would the named guardian have the best concerns of the children in mind?
Does the named guardian have the time, energy and financial means to support your children?
Does the named guardian share similar beliefs and moral values as you do?
How much change would your children have to undergo should they need to be under this guardian’s care?
While these questions might not help you choose a person right away it will help you to think about who might be best as a guardian for your child. It’s a tough decision to make but should something happen to you, you will be very happy that you took the time to name a legal guardian.