Updated: Aug 3, 2021
If you don’t choose your guardians for your children, a stranger may choose them for you. It's estimated that almost 70% of parents have not formally named guardians for their children. Parents who don’t choose and document the people they want to take care of their children if the unthinkable happens may be leaving that decision to a complete stranger. A judge in family court, who does not know you or your family or your children, could ultimately decide who will raise them if something happens to you. Don’t assume that the judge will choose a family member either. When you leave this important decision to a stranger, anything can happen. Make sure you are the one to decide and then be sure to document your decision in writing, so your wishes are clearly conveyed and respected.