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Tips for choosing a guardian for your minor children

On Behalf of | Feb 29, 2024 | guardianships

Naming a guardian for your minor children is an important aspect of responsible parenting.

Without a named guardian, the courts will decide who will raise your children, causing uncertainty and potential conflict among family members.

Consider values and beliefs

Do you wonder how many of the 67% of people in the U.S. who have not invested time in creating an estate plan have children? During your estate planning process, select potential guardians for your minor children with your values and beliefs, including religious beliefs, educational philosophies and lifestyle choices, and who you trust to instill those values in your children.

Evaluate parenting style

Consider your potential guardian’s parenting style. Observe how they interact with their children or other children in their lives. Are they nurturing, patient and responsible? Do they prioritize the well-being and development of children?

Assess stability and reliability

Stability and reliability are important factors to consider when choosing a guardian. Look for someone who has a stable home environment, financial security and a consistent lifestyle.

Discuss willingness and availability

Have open and honest discussions with potential guardians about their willingness and availability to take on the responsibility of caring for your children. Consider their current obligations, such as work commitments and family responsibilities, and whether they have the time and energy to raise your children.

Plan for the long-term

Think about the long-term implications of your decision. Consider the age and health of potential guardians, as well as any potential changes in their circumstances that could affect their ability to care for your children in the future.

By proactively selecting a guardian, you can provide peace of mind knowing that your children will be in capable hands, even if you are no longer able to care for them yourself.