Think about everyone that you would never want to have a guardianship over your children. We all have friends and family that are not responsible for a variety of different reasons. If something should happen to you, there are steps you can take today to make sure that those people do not have guardianship of your children.
First, name who you would pick as the guardian of your children. Then, name a backup option. This lets the Court know who you trust and will be given great weight. If for some reason, neither of your choices are able to serve as guardians, then the Court will have to look elsewhere. That’s where the people you don’t want come into play.
Talk to your attorney about making a Exclusion of Guardianship. This is a legal document that you can use to list those people who are unacceptable and why they are unacceptable. You do not have to list everyone in the world, just the people who would reasonably seek guardianship of your children. There is no need to exclude Paris Hilton, but there is reason to exclude the family drunkard. The document does not need to be read by anyone else until it is needed either, so do not worry about letting people know what you really think about them.
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