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Tips for choosing a guardian

On Behalf of | Nov 22, 2022 | Estate Planning

If you don’t choose a guardian for your child, an Oklahoma judge may do so on your behalf in the event that one is needed. Although appointing a guardian is a relatively easy process, there are many details to consider before making your choice.

Traits of a quality guardian

If possible, the person chosen to serve as the guardian of your child will have current or previous parenting experience. For instance, you may decide to allow your parents or a family friend who also has children to care for your offspring if you pass or become incapacitated. Of course, a childless adult may still be a good choice to raise your son or daughter if that individual is caring, slow to anger and is financially secure. You’ll also want to make sure that whoever cares for your child is physically and mentally healthy enough to do the job properly.

Limit the interruption to your child’s life

Losing a parent may cause significant trauma for a young person. It may be possible to help a child adjust by choosing a guardian who lives in close proximity to your current home. This may enable your son or daughter to remain close to friends, teachers or others who may be able to provide emotional support. However, if the only person who you trust to do the job right lives hundreds or thousands of miles away, that adult will ideally be appointed to care for your child.

Using a will can be an effective way to ensure that there is someone available to raise your child if you pass away or become incapacitated. You can amend an existing will to include a guardian at any point assuming that you are of sound mind to do so.