Visiting the topic of death and what would happen to the well-being of your children if you and your spouse were to pass away can be a difficult discussion to have. However, despite the heaviness of the topic, it is critical that you consider who in Massachusetts would care for your children and raise them into adulthood if something tragic were to happen to you and your spouse while your children were still dependent on the two of you.
A guardian is a person you will choose to take over the parenting of your children if something had happened to you and your spouse. This person will be responsible for providing financially for your children, giving them a place to live, providing emotional support and ensuring that adequate educational opportunities are available to them. It will surely take some time for you and your spouse to decide who the two of you trust enough to be able to give a stable life that is similar to the one they experience now.
According to Forbes, an effective way to begin is for you and your spouse to make a comprehensive list of the values and characteristics that define your parenting style and that are reflective of the type of people you hope to raise your children to be. After compiling this list, then you can begin thinking about who you know who knows your children and would check the most boxes on your list. Once you have narrowed down your list, you may consider running a brief interview to get more information from the candidates you have to gauge their interest, willingness and understanding of the responsibilities of being a guardian.
The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.