Although it can be emotionally disturbing to name a guardian for your children, it’s important that you do so. To get past the emotional block, consider the following, from an article at The Wall Street Journal:
- A guardian isn’t forever. You can change your mind later, through a codicil, if you decide that the person you picked wasn’t a good choice.
- The guardian doesn’t have to be a blood relative. Close family friends can and should be considered.
- You and your spouse will need to compromise if you’re having trouble naming a guardian. You should each make a list of potential guardians and try to find common ground.
- spend time with each to get a feel for how they’ll treat your children;
- discuss practical details such as geography, education, and religion; and
- consider lifestyle issues, such as whether your potential guardian has the housing to accommodate your children.
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