|Originally posted by WellingtonCats
I don't have Godparents but all the people I know with Godparents are not related in anyway to their "godparents" just good friends of the family.
Just a question. If say 123's mother and father got killed, would 123 live with her godparents? even if they were not in the will?
There are no hard and fast rules.
The godparents might, in some ways, be a logical choice if nobody else had been specifically designated as legal guardian. They would presumably be people who have basically the same values as the parents, and who have the best interests of the child at heart.
It might be complicated, though, if there were more than one child, with different godparents. Presumably, the ideal would be to keep the kids together, so then, how do you choose who gets to be legal guardian? Another consideration is that the task one takes on as godparent is quite different from that of legal guardian. One might be very much in a position to offer the child spiritual nurture, but not at all in a position to take on day-to-day care and upbringing. Case in point: I was 14 when asked to be godmother to my niece -- OK for that task, if a little on the young side (my mother had reservations, but that only made my brother adamant!) but totally inappropriate for legal guardianship, should anything have happened to her parents.