Who is left holding the baby?

Who is left holding the baby?

Who is left holding the baby?

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For those parents amongst you, do you remember how hard it was to leave your new-born for the first time? Was it grandma who baby sat? Or friends who are hoping you return the favour? How did you make that decision? Convenience, timing, experience, familiarity, capability?

These are the same questions you should ask yourself when considering who would raise your children in the event of a tragedy that leaves them orphans. All parents need to nominate a guardian for their children and for expats, it requires even more thought.

Guardians will be responsible for looking after children until they become 18. In choosing guardians you should consider:

  • Age – will they be able to cope with bringing up very young children or be able to control children in their teenage years?
  • Location – will your children have to move school and be separated from their friends? Will they have to move country?
  • Finances – will they be able to accommodate your children? Trusts can be set up in your Will to provide income and capital for your children’s benefit. Further provisions can be made for Guardians.
  • Existing responsibilities – do they have other children? Can they provide a stable environment as long as is required?
  • Religious/moral issues – do the Guardians have religious or other beliefs that are compatible with the upbringing that you would like your children to have?

Most people think of wills as something you write later in life, but as an expat parent of young children it is imperative that you nominate guardians and writing a will is a legally binding way to achieve that.

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