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May 2011
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Ys [userpic]

So I had an amusing realization this evening.

If and when we get around to having kids (yes, we want to at some point, just not sure when)...they'll almost certainly be legally and biologically Joel's and Amy's kids. Especially since Joel and Amy are legally married.

This means my legal standing is pretty much "none" unless we do something specific to try to change that, and I was realizing that naming me the children's godmother gives me a nice clear legal role with known precendents.

Only, that'd make me their fairy godmother...

Current Mood: amusedamused

*blink* Godparents have legal standing? I didn't think so....I thought god parents were a christian religious position - if something happens to the parents the godparents are responsible for the spiritual upbringing of the child. However - there is another position - guardian maybe - that you can establish in a will. Those people are responsible for the actual raising of a child.

Alas, avon is right: if you want godparents to have legal standing, you have to write it into a will with the addition of a "guardian" or "visitation rights" position.

What it does have is social standing without a lot of explanation. "You're the kid's godparent? Okay then!" And on you go.