Naming Guardians for Your Children
If you are like a lot of people, naming guardians for your children is not on your A list. We tend to put it off until another day – after all, there’s always tomorrow.
The thing is that sometimes, we only have today and even though that thought is sad and scary it is one we all must accept. The alternative is trusting that some judge who does not know your family situation or your children would choose, in the event that something did happen and there was no guardian named.
Have you ever read A Series of Unfortunate Events?
Naming a guardian isn’t that hard, and there are free forms on the web so you really don’t even need a lawyer. You will probably want to have one look over the papers you fill out just to make sure that they are filled out properly, though.
You don’t want anything slipping through the cracks. Been there, done that in my divorce. Lesson learned!
When you are trying to come up with a guardian, you’ll want to think of four or five people that you are close to. Choose those that share similar values and ideas about raising children. Think of each household and how well it would nurture your child in case of your death.
Before you name guardians, sit down with each person or couple individually and discuss the guardianship with them. This gives them a chance to opt out if they want to.
Have you named guardians for your minor children?