Why I’ve Had To Write A Will…aka Guardianship
|Writing a Will is Vital for Lone Parents|
As all my loyal readers know, my son has not had contact with his sperm donor (aka SD) for quite some time for many reasons, including drug and alcohol addiction and also very selfish behaviour, lies and let downs when sober.
Unfortunately I made the very daft decision (I blame my post given birth hormones) to include SD on the birth certificate. As soon as I did that, I gave him PR (parental responsibility) in the eyes of the law. This means that even if he has no contact, pays nothing towards his child and is not a father in any sense or form, I still have to obtain his permission to do things such as move to certain countries with my son, to take him on holiday abroad for more than three weeks at a time and to change his surname.
I pray for the day that this rather stupid, archaic law gets changed, but don’t hold my hopes up!
Recently I have had a few health problems and been diagnosed with things that do have the potential to shorten my life, and it has got me thinking a lot about my son’s future. By law, if I died tomorrow he would immediately go to SD who would have full parental rights regardless of his behaviour in the duration of my son’s little life.
This thought terrifies me, because SD cannot even look after himself let alone a child and he is someone that only looks out for himself at all times. He is also an awful role model, has the emotional intelligence of a toddler and has serious anger issues, so not someone I would want my son to be looked after by!
So this is why I’ve had to write a Will and I totally recommend anybody that is in a similar position as me to do the same!
Last week I spoke to a lovely lady at The Co-Operative Legal Services who completed the Will with me over the phone, after she had posted me some paperwork to help me work out what I would want included the week before.
Basically I was able to appoint a number of guardians within my Will who would have clear instructions on how to take SD to court to ensure they had sole residency in the event of my death. I had to write a statement giving all the reasons why I feel this is the safest option for my son, which would be read by the judge and would aid their decision. I love that I would still get to fight for my son’s needs and protection even beyond the grave!
I have ensured all the guardians have had copies of this statement so they know what they would need to do and I also had to explain in my Will why these people would be the best choice for my son.
The relief I have felt since doing this is unreal. As a parent, I’m sure you understand when I say that even on the day he was born I was already worrying about the dangers he would face as a teenager, young adult and even as a parent himself! So to alleviate some worry is an amazing feeling!