Designate a Guardian

Who would be our children’s guardians?

Once you become a parent, your priority is doing what’s best for your children. What would happen if you were not there to care for your children? Who would you want to raise your children? While this can be an overwhelming decision to make, it’s vital to take the time to sit down with your spouse or co-parent and have this conversation.

When choosing a guardian, some factors to consider are parenting style, financial situation, religious beliefs, location and future physical ability. Once you have a list of candidates, talk to them and see if they are willing to be your children’s guardian.

After you have made your decision, an attorney can draft your designation into your will. If circumstances change, you can always change your designation. In fact, it’s a good idea to review your will every few years to reassess your options.

Missed Weekend Visitation

If my child’s other parent is not coming to get the child for vistation, can I sue him?

One of the many challenges of being a single parent is not being able to control the actions of the other parent. When a parent consistenly does not choose to visit with a child, it causes hurt to the child and leaves the other parent to explain why the visit did not take place. However, one parent cannot sue the other for missing visitation. In a way, visitation is like the right to vote. One has the right to vote, but does not get penalized for not voting.

If you have questions about Court Ordered vistation, an attorney can help interpret the order for you.