Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Guardian for Your Children
Deciding on a guardian for your children in the event of your death can be a difficult, emotional process. It’s very hard for us as parents to think of our children being left without us as they grow up. However, it’s extremely important to plan for worst-case scenarios so that if those situations arise, your children will still have a supportive environment in the future.
The following are some key questions to ask yourself as you decide whom to select as your children’s guardians:
- Does this person know my children well? In a best-case scenario, your children would already be comfortable being around this potential guardian. An aunt or uncle who they see regularly, for example, would be a good prospective guardian. It’s hard enough to transition to a new home without having to get to know who their guardian is.
- Does this person have children? If the guardian already has a house full of children, it might not be feasible for them to take on yours, as well. If they do have the space, then you should also consider their parenting style and how it compares to yours. Again, consistency is key in a successful transition.
- Is this person in good health? If the guardianship is to be a long-term commitment, then the age and health of the prospective guardian could be a factor in your decision.
- Does this person live nearby? If possible, you should try to limit the amount of moving around your children have to do. Keeping them in their school and community could help them to remain grounded during in a difficult time.
- Does this person share my values? These values could be moral, religious, personal or political. The person you choose for the role of guardian should have worldviews and values that align with your own to provide your children with at least some sort of consistency.
To learn more about establishing successful guardianships, work with the knowledgeable Tampa estate planning lawyers at BaumannKangas Estate Law.