Suggestions for choosing a legal guardian for your children

If you are the parent of young children, you may have already begun thinking about who you would want to care for them if something tragic would ever happen to you. Planning ahead for these types of situations, even if a bit unsettling at times, is certain to provide confidence that if you were ever debilitated in some way, your children would be lovingly cared for by someone you trust and respect. At Fidelis Law, PLLC, we have helped many couples in Tennessee to create estate plans that are legally applicable and customized to meet their needs.

One of the most important and time-consuming aspects of arranging legal guardianship for your children is determining who will actually be chosen as their caretaker. Fortunately, there are many helpful suggestions you can consider to make your decision a bit easier. According to Baby Center, here are some of the things you should consider:

  • Does the person you are considering have other children? Are they around the ages of your children? Will your children receive adequate attention and have a place in the family?
  • Have you chosen someone who is physically capable of caring for children? Do they have enough energy, physical stamina and time to devote to your children?
  • Will your children be required to relocate? Will a move significantly affect their comfort level and ability to succeed?
  • Does the person you have chosen share similar beliefs, parenting style and personal values to your own? Would you be comfortable with this person raising your children?

Being aware of these aspects of choosing a legal guardian for your children will undoubtedly give you the confidence that your children will be cared for the way you desire if something were to happen to you. For more information about guardianship, visit our web page.