Choosing a guardian for your child

By Angela Smith | Legal Help

Apr 05
What should you do

This isn’t the topic people often think about. It is only natural not to think about it because no one is hoping they will die in the near future. At least not while their kids are still underage. It’s fairly difficult topic to think about. When you have a kid, it’s hard to be separated from it. You don’t even want to think what will happen if you are gone. But the sad truth is that you have to.

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If you die and leave your child without designated guardian, there is going to be a long and tedious process to determine what will happen to your child. First, it will spend some time with social services. It will wait there till the case gets to the court. And that can sometimes take months to happen.

Of course, there are worse things that can happen, but there are certainly better places for a child that lost his parents than civil services. When the case finally gets to the court, members of your family will have a chance to take the child and act as its legal guardian. But the final decision is up to the judge.

He is the one who will determine who has the best conditions to raise your child. And mistakes can happen. Not everyone has a great and loving family. The judge could choose someone thinking they are a great fit when in reality they just took the child in to get the benefits of child support. Or for any other reason.

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Of course, this is not often the case, and the members of your family would probably raise your child like it was theirs. But it is certainly a possibility that can happen. And there is the case when no one comes. Or maybe you don’t have a close family. In that case, your child stays with civil services until someone decides to adopt it, or until they come of age. And in the case of adoption, there is the same risk as in the previous case.

What should you do

All of this can be avoided if you act in time and assign a legal guardian to your child in time. No one is saying it is going to be needed. On contrary. We all hope, it will never be needed. But if it is, it will make the life of your child in that kind of situation much easier. So you should talk to your family members and your friends. You should find someone who you trust and who is ready to take that kind of responsibility if it ever comes to it.

The whole process isn’t terribly difficult and doesn’t require a lot of your time. Just find an attorney or some kind of law representative, and they will walk you through it. And if it ever comes to the situation that it is important, your child will be grateful that you did it. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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