Is the court required to follow my appointment of guardian?
While at first this might frustrate you as a parent, the reality is that it’s meant to protect your child. Let’s say, for example, that you nominated a sister to be the potential guardian of your children. At the time you made the nomination, she was married, had a great job and was a great role model for your child. Now a few years have passed and you are in a car accident and never updated your guardian nominations. In the years since you chose your sister as guardian, she has lost her job, her marriage fell apart and she developed a severe alcohol problem. If that were the case, wouldn’t you want your judge to have the discretion to override your guardian nomination?