Naming a Guardian for Your Children
- Lifestyle: consider whether the person’s career and other interests can easily accommodate a child or whether the person would be willing to make the necessary modifications
- Willingness to Raise your Children: it is best to have a frank conversation with the person whom you want to be the guardian of your children to determine if the person wants that responsibility and would be willing to act as the guardian should the need arise.
- Health and Other Responsibilities: think about whether the person is in good health and physically able to care for children. Also consider whether the person has other children for whom he or she is responsible and how your child will fit in with the group.
- Religion: some people chose a guardian who is the same religion as the children so that holidays and milestones can be celebrated together and values can be shared.
- Priorities: think about your priorities for your children. Some parents consider education a priority, for example. Does the guardian whom you are considering share your priorities?
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
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