Hi. My partner and I are not married and I have a 4yrs old daughter. My daughter's biological father passed away and I have no living family in the UK. I would like to make my partner to be my daughter's legal guardian (unless there is a better option?) until we are married. I understand I will need to apply through court and it may take 2 mnths or longer. I am happy to do this now. However, we are going away in two weeks on a long holiday to Thailand and I would like to know if there is a short-term solution to ensure my partner has a legal right to look after my daughter if anything happened to me? thank you Ms XXXXX
Thank you for your reply. In my understanding, appointing a guardian in a will doesn't automatically guarantee my daughter will be looked after by my partner in case of my death. Can my will be challenged by any other applicants for custody? (I can't think of any, but I understand that I can only will with regards XXXXX XXXXX and only express my wishes with regards XXXXX XXXXX daughter). My main concern is, really, with 'parental responsibility'. Can I give any to my partner NOW without us being married, so as it also remains in place should I die? It is very confusing to me as to best (i.e. least complicated and least expensive) way to proceed to guarantee my child is looked after by a nominated person if I am unable to do so (not just in case of my death). It seems easier if you are married to someone..... I understand an alternative is applying for a residency? I don't really understand what that means and would I need a solicitor for this? thank you.