Co-parents! Do you have a will? Who will get your children?

16 Apr

Mother Bathing Baby (12-18 Months)

Many parents don’t think they need a will, especially young parents. The truth is that having a will is very important at any age. Have you ever thought about who would have guardianship over your children if something was to happen to you. If you don’t make plans for that now, and something was to happen to you, the state would decide where your children would live and who would be responsible for them.

I used to think about that a lot when my daughter was young because she was afraid to go to her father’s house and she often said “Mommy, what if you die?” I would assure her that nothing was going to happen to me, but in the back of my mind I kept wondering “What if it did”?

What about you? Have you made arrangements yet? If not, hopefully you just won’t think about it but take action and draw up a will now. Whether your children are young, grown, or in between, planning can get complicated. That’s why I think it’s important for you to use a professional to help you sort out the details. When you receive your will, make sure that your co-parent has a copy. You can download a copy in your My Turn Your Turn journal  and share it with your co-parent. You can email your entry to anyone you choose as well.

I saw an article on the BabyCenter website that was very informative, “Why every parent needs a will”.  I thought this article was done very well. It suggested that people hire a professional to draw up their will but it also gave tips for preparation and what you need to do if you want to draft it yourself.

I recommend that you check with your employer to see if your benefits package includes some kind of  pre-paid legal or will preparation plan. If not, you can contact an attorney and have them help you draft your will and/or guardianship papers. It’s okay to procrastinate about some things, but when it comes to your children and their future, this is not something you should take lightly. Taking care of this important issue will give you some peace of mind.

Of course, we all hope that you will live to a ripe old age and have many wonderful years with your children and even their children. However,  when it comes to your children’s future, you can never be too careful.



Visit us on our official website at My Turn Your Turn is a co-parenting website designed to help organize families and improve communication between co-parents sharing children due to divorce or separation.  Specializing in co-parenting tools and shared parenting resources including an online custody calendar,  online divorce journal, child support tracker and more for blended families, single parents and high conflict divorce cases.


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