As with many parents in Minnesota, chances are you have considered who would care for your children if something tragic were to happen to you. However, thinking about awarding guardianship to someone and actually taking the steps to guarantee that your children have a legal guardian lined up, are two completely different things.
According to the Huffington Post, there are some common myths that many people believe regarding guardianship. Your familiarity with these myths can help you to make a wiser decision and avoid negative consequences down the road. These myths include the following:
- Someone will offer: A common belief held by many people is that someone, will be willing to jump up and care for their children if something happens to you. Unfortunately, while you may believe this to be true, you are not the person who gets to make this decision. A judge will award guardianship to whomever he feels he should even if it is contrary to what you would have wanted.
- A perfect match exists: While it would be wonderful for you to find someone who is a perfect match for your parenting skills and style, you must understand that no one will ever replicate your roles perfectly. When selecting someone to be your child’s legal guardian, pay attention to personalities, financial stability, lifestyle and family relationships among other things.
- They will say yes: If you think you can recommend someone for guardianship before asking if they are willing, you are mistaken. Someone who has had the time to prepare to care for another child in the case of a tragic emergency, will be much better equipped to provide the care and love your child really deserves than if guardianship is sprung on them at the last minute.
Never assume that if you leave some kind of nonchalant correspondence somewhere that discusses your guardianship wishes for your children, that it will be found and honored. Your efforts to properly document your wishes will often provide a much better outcome than a hidden letter. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.