Although it is a decision most Floridians put off, naming a guardian for your minor children while creating your will can help prevent potential problems down the road.
As you can imagine, the choice of a guardian is not something you should take lightly. Remember, you are nominating someone who will raise and care for your child in the unfortunate event that neither you nor their other parent is available.
Here are three important questions you need to ask when looking for a potential guardian for your children.
1. Do they have experience with children?
An individual’s suitability for guardianship does not necessarily depend on whether they have children of their own. However, you want someone who has spent time with children either in a family or work setting. Basically, you want someone who can get along with well with your kids.
2. What is the home environment like?
A positive and stable environment is crucial for a child’s upbringing. Thus, while designating a guardian, it is important that you choose one with a comfortable home environment. You want a guardian who shares the same family values as you do. Obviously, a household with a history of domestic violence may not be a good fit for you.
3. Are they physically and emotionally capable of caring for your child?
Your parents might have experience with children (obviously). And they might have a stable household too. But do they have the physical and emotional strength to care for your teenage children? Or, will they be capable of caring for your children until they can live on their own? Do not overlook the potential guardian’s age and state of health.
Life is full of uncertainties. One of the most important decisions you need to make while creating your estate plan is designating a guardian for your minor children.