It goes without saying that you and your child’s other parent should name the same guardian for your children. But what if you are divorced, or for whatever reason you and your spouse cannot agree on the most suitable guardian? Naming different guardians will lead to a battle in court should you and the children’s other parent pass away while your children are still minors. The decision over guardianship will then be in the judge’s hands.
Part of the solution this situation is to leave a Letter of Explanation outlining your reasons for choice of guardian. It is important to have an experienced attorney assist you in the drafting of such a letter, but here are the basics of what should bet included:
- Who the children would prefer, that is, the relationship between the children and the prospective guardian
- Why your choice of guardian will best meet the children’s needs, particularly with regard to providing stability and proper care
- The values and moral fitness of the prospective guardian
- The physical and financial ability of the prospective guardian to raise your children
We have helped many couples select the ideal guardian for their children and designed wills or other planning documents to ensure their wishes are carried out. We welcome the opportunity to do the same for you.