We can't (and shouldn't) tell you exactly who to choose as a Guardian for your children, but we can outline things to consider in the decision.

What is a guardian?

A Guardian has responsibility for the physical custody and care of a minor child and/or the management of the financial affairs of a minor child.  While Guardians typically must be appointed or confirmed by a court, nominating a Guardian lets the court consider your preferences in determining who to appoint as Guardian. 

Things to consider when choosing a Guardian for my children:

Given the importance of the role played by Guardians, you should select someone you trust and believe is capable of handling the responsibilities and raising your child in a way that you would approve.  While family members may be a good option for some, others may prefer close friends over relatives. While there are no hard rules to selecting a Guardian, here are some points you may wish to consider:

  • The financial stability of the potential Guardian
  • Whether the potential Guardian has a demonstrated approach and style to raising children and whether that is consistent with your own preferences
  • How well the potential Guardian knows your minor children and how well your minor children know the potential Guardian
  • What type of relationship exists between your minor children and the potential Guardian
  • Where the potential Guardian lives
  • The age of the potential Guardian, the age of your minor children, and how this age difference may impact your minor children or the potential Guardian
  • Whether the potential Guardian has any other children of his or her own.

Do not put off choosing a Guardian

It may not be easy to identify the ideal selection right now, however, putting off the decision would mean you have no nomination in place if an unexpected accident occurs. If nobody is elected and something were to happen, the court will be left to make the decision for you without your input.

  1. Rank your top choices
  2. Choose somebody for now as the primary, and add your two backups
  3. Change or swap somebody out at any time in the future 

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