How Do I Choose A Guardian?

This may the most difficult decision a parent has to make; however, if you do not choose a guardian a judge may make the decision who will raise your children. Don't allow this to happen - choose someone who shares your ideas and values in raising children. Also consider the proposed guardian's ability to financially care for your children.

All issues should be discussed thoroughly with the proposed guardian in order to ensure the person you select is qualified to make sure he or she is willing and able to serve as primary guardian. It is always a good idea to have someone named as a backup guardian in case the first person selected is unable to serve. The backup guardian is known as a successor guardian and can service if you decide to replace the primary guardian or if the primary guardian is uanble or refuses to serve when needed.


Next Week: How Do I Nominate and Replace a Guardian?