Being chosen as a guardian for someone else’s child is an important responsibility. You might never have to exercise this responsibility, but you should still be prepared to take care of the child if the unthinkable happens to his or her parents. Let’s take a look at what you should expect if you are chosen as the guardian of someone else’s children in today’s post.
You will be legally responsible for deciding where the child will live. The child can move in with you at your current home, or you could decide to move somewhere else. You need to notify the court if you decide to move, especially if you decide to move out of the state of Florida.
You also get to decide where the child will attend school. It can be your local public school or you can decide to send the child to private school. It will be your responsibility to stay involved in the education of the child.
As the legal guardian, you will be required to handle the child’s medical and dental wellbeing. In the majority of situations, you will be legally responsible for making any medical decisions for the child.
Just like the child’s biological parents, you will be responsible for any damages caused by the child. This includes being involved in a car accident, graffiti, vandalism or any other type of damage.
Serving as the legal guardian of a friend or family member’s child can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to understand the role you will play if the time ever comes to serve as a guardian. Having an understanding before the time comes will help relieve some of the stress.