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Child custody planning in case parents can't take care of kids

Two people grow up, fall in love, have kids and live happily ever after. While this fairy tale may appear to be true in some lives, parts of it often prove to be false in many others. After the California couple has children, the living happily ever after part becomes even more important. Yet, sometimes something happens and the parents are no longer able to care for the children. In this case, who will get custody of the children can become an issue.

Parents may assume that one set of grandparents will take care of the children in the event that the parents are no longer able to do so. This plan may sound like all the details have been worked out; however, if the plan is not documented, there could be problems. It is possible that other family members may decide that they want custody of the children, or the courts may decide to place the children with another family.

Prior to something happening, it is a good idea for the couple to discuss who will take care of the children just in case. Then, this same discussion needs to take place with those who have been chosen. It is important that this individual or couple also agree to care for the children. Finally, the decision should be legally documented so that there is not a custody battle in addition to whatever tragedy has caused the need for the children to be taken care of.

Most California parents would like to assume that there will be no need for someone else to obtain custody of their children. However, there is no guarantee that life will continue on as planned. Moms and dads get sick or injured. In the event that neither of the parents is able to care for the child, it is important to have a custody plan already in place.

Source: romper.com, "Can Grandparents Get Custody If Parents Are Hurt Or Sick? It's Best To Be Prepared", Kaitlin Kimont, Jan. 12, 2017

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