5 considerations in naming your children’s guardian

December 17, 2010

Last week in FreeStyleFriday I reviewed the process of naming a guardian for your minor children.  This week I cover the important considerations in determining the guardians:

1.  The stage in life of the proposed guardian(s).  Are the people at a place in their life or will they be in place where they want to have children?  People who are finishing raising their children and moving on to another stage in life may not want to take on children.

2. The resources of the proposed guardians(s).  Raising and supporting children can be expensive.  When thinking about guardians consider whether the people who would be guardians generally have the resources to care for additional children.  This is an area where life insurance (on the lives of the parents) can be helpful.

3.  The religious beliefs of the proposed guardian(s).  The guardians could end raising your children having a profound impact on their development both physical and spiritual.  If it is important to you to have your children raised in the faith which you believe, this is something to consider.

4.  Special needs.  Do any of your children have special needs?  If so, are the proposed guardians prepared to meet those needs and care for the children in the way that is necessary?

5.  Legal qualification.  These requirements are usually minimal (e.g., not a convicted felon, non-US citizen etc. . .) but something to consider as a threshold requirement.

Shawn Roberts

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I write about and try to answer practical Oklahoma legal questions. I tend to focus on estate planning and business issues. I make a living as an attorney working for Resolution Legal Group in Oklahoma City. I am husband to Amy and the father of Sam and David. We live exactly in the path where the "wind comes sweeping down the plains."