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10 Factors To Consider When Choosing a Guardian and Custodian for Your Minor Children

1. MENTAL ABILITY

Consider the maturity, temperament, energy, long-suffering, and experience that is needed to raise children. Your potential choice doesn't have to be perfect, but do they have what it takes to be a parent? Are they too young to handle the immense responsibility?

2. PHYSICAL ABILITY

Are they in good enough physical health, to take on the challenge of raising children? Are they perhaps too advanced in years to really handle the physical toll parenting can take on a body.

3. CONNECTION

Does your potential choice already have a connection with your child, know them, and love them already?

4. TRUST

Do you, deep down, truly trust this person to raise your children with integrity and stability? Can you count on your potential choice to at least try to raise your children according to your wishes and instructions?

5. TIME AND AVAILABILITY

Does your potential choice have the time to dedicate to raising children? Do they have a high-powered, stressful job that could possibly interfere with them giving your children adequate attention, especially considering that your children will, at this point, have lost their parents. This will be a very difficult time of transition for your children and they are going to need a lot of attention and care to get them through this grieving process in a healthy way.

6. WILLINGNESS

Does your potential choice even want to be considered? Do they even like kids? Perhaps, your choice already has a large family and they would decline to serve because they would not want to deal with the sudden influx of your children into an already full house.

7. SUITABILITY OF HOME LIFE

If your potential choice already has children of their own, are the ages and temperaments of those children compatible with your own? Does it make sense to put your children in that home with those children? Would the presence of those children, make for a safe, nurturing, and happy home life? Is your potential choice married or single? Is their home a suitable place for your children to live?

8. STANDARD OF LIVING

Does your potential choice live at or comparable to the current standard of living to which your children are accustomed, or are they going to have to adjust to suddenly having a lots less or even a lot more? Under normal circumstances, kids can adjust fairly well to changes in lifestyles if their parents are there to watch over them and guide them through. But you won't be there, so in addition to having to grieve for you, will they have to get used to a whole new socio-economic level?

9. RELIGION AND WORLD VIEW

Does your potential choice hold to the same religious tenants and world view that you do? Are you non-religious and raising your children outside of the constructs of an organized religion? Would your potential choice be willing to raise your children the way you would or would they be more likely to convert your children to their religious beliefs?

10. GEOGRAPHY

Does your potential choice live in the same area as you? Would they be willing to move or perhaps would your children be forced to move to a new city or even a new state?

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