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Guardianship During Recession

Mommy Dearest: Changing Guardianship Due to Recession

Mommy Dearest,

Four years ago before our son was born, my husband and I drew up a will that included guardianship of any kids to come. At the time, we selected my brother and his wife to serve as guardians due to their financial stability, values, and similar lifestyle and sentiments about raising children. Unfortunately, the recession has hit them hard, and they are struggling. My brother has been out of work for several months with no job prospects in sight. Looking out for our son's best interest, we have decided to assign guardianship to someone with more stability. Are we wrong in doing this?

– Guardianship Mommy

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Guardianship Mommy,

Choosing guardianship for your child is a tough decision, but it sounds like you put a lot of thought into selecting your brother and sister-in-law. Though no parent wants their child to be a burden, I think it's best for you to discuss your concerns with your brother. It sounds like his financial situation was just one factor in why you asked him to raise your son if something happened to you and your husband. To abruptly remove him from such an important post because of the economy seems a bit harsh.

– Mommy Dearest

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