Being a parent is full of challenges, but perhaps the most important is deciding who will care for them in the event that you can’t.
Its not an easy decision and one that most people don’t like to think about.
But if you don’t designate a personal guardian for your child, who will? And more importantly, will they make the best choice?
What is a Personal Guardian?
A personal guardian is someone who is able and willing to assume your parental responsibilities in the event that you are no longer able to do so. This person (or persons) can be anyone of your choosing but keep in mind that this is a long-term responsibility, so you’ll want to choose wisely.
Things To Consider
A personal guardian will be responsible for not just loving your child but providing for them as well so you’ll want to make sure that your guardian of choice has the financial means to take on additional family members.
The guardian must be at least 18 years of age and should be physically and mentally equipped to raise a child.
You should also consider things like schooling, religion and moral values – does your guardian of choice have the same beliefs and values that you do?
You’ll also want to make sure that your guardian is willing to accept the responsibility. Even though you might think they’re the perfect candidate, they might have other plans. Always talk to a prospective guardian and ask how they would feel about caring for your children if something should happen to you. Make sure they’re comfortable with the idea and are free from reservations.
You’ll also want to choose a backup guardian in the event that your primary choice becomes unable to care for your children in the future.
To ensure that your children are placed with the guardians of your choice, you should designate the guardians in your will.