Who Would You Want to Raise Your Kids if the Unthinkable Happened?
Consider a Legal Guardianship
A legal guardianship occurs when courts order a minor child to be taken care of by someone other than the child’s parents. This can happen in many different situations including the death of the parents or the parents becoming incapable of taking care of the child. In cases other than abuse or neglect, the parents’ wishes will almost always be taken into account when assigning guardianship.
With this in mind, parents should always have someone legally identified as the guardian of choice should they become unable to provide the care their children need. While you can certainly name any adult you choose, it will typically be a close friend or family member.
One of the biggest benefits of choosing a guardian while you are able is that it will dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes for your children to get settled in with their guardians. In many cases the children are already going to be very upset due to the circumstances of being placed with a guardian, so providing them with as much stability as possible is vital.
If you would like to name someone to become your children’s guardian should you no longer be able to provide them with care, it is important that you think objectively and logically about the best choices available to potentially raise your kids, and we have attorneys who can assist you selecting an appropriate guardian and making sure that your choice will be effective. Give us a call to get started.