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Selecting a guardian for children

Florida parents may find it difficult to imagine a time when they will not be there to watch their kids grow up. It is important to remember, though, that sometimes life does not go the way people expect. If parents are unable to care for their children, it is necessary for the kids to have a guardian.

When parents first start to discuss a guardian for their children, they may feel overwhelmed. According to Forbes, a good place to start is a discussion of the values people want their children to have. Should the kids be raised in a specific religion? Should they learn certain values? It is a good idea to pick a person who can provide the children with the upbringing parents want them to have. Once a couple has identified all of the important information, it is a good idea to make a list of all the people who match these criteria. Parents should usually go through this list carefully to evaluate each person's abilities.

Once parents have identified a person to be the children's guardian, they should generally speak to this person. Parenting magazine says people should usually sit down and provide this person with important information, such as the amount of money that is set aside for the kids' college education. This can help a chosen guardian determine whether he or she has the financial means to raise children. It is important to remember that sometimes a candidate may say no. Some people may not feel they are capable of raising children or they may worry about being unable to provide for the kids. If someone says no, it is a good idea for parents to let this person know that their feelings are not hurt. 

Once people have selected a person and this person has agreed to be the children's guardian, parents typically need to make sure their situation is legal. It is a good idea to name this person as the guardian in a will. Some people may also want to include a backup guardian if their first choice is unable to take care of the children. Sometimes parents may have specific requests about the way their children are raised. It is a good idea for them to write these requests down or have a conversation with the children's guardian.

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