God Parents

@wmaharper (2316)
United States
December 28, 2006 9:34pm CST
My husband and I are "God parents" to two Little boys, and a darling little girl (all different families) but I was wondering, what does a GOd parent do really? They have asked us to take their kids if something ever happened to them, but only one of them actually has a will (he's in Iraq) and has named us in it, the others, if God forbid, something DID happen to them, we couldn't legally get custody if it's not written down right?? (we're not related).
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@armywifey (883)
• United States
29 Dec 06
Godparents have no legal binding to the children unless it is stated in a will. You wouldn't get custody of the children unless the parents named you in their wills. It is something you should talk to your friends about so if anything ever did happen to them their wished would be met.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
29 Dec 06
yes, we will prob. have to do that... thankyou.. but as far as my other question.. does anyone know what the "duties" of a God parent are?
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
7 Jan 08
The Godparents are to take over the relgious upbringing of the child in case the parents die. I am not Roman Catholic, but my granddaughter has godparents and they are supposed to give her religious gifts like bibles, crufixes, little angels, etc. on her birthdays and at Christmas time and if my son and daughter-in-law die, to bring her up in the Roman Catholic church. It also applies in other Christian denominations. AS for letting you keep their children, they have to specify that in a will. I was raised in the United Church until I was fourteen, and my godmother was entrusted to take over my religous instruction, but she was older than my mother and my father was still alive and we moved.
• United States
29 Dec 06
as far as i know, all that you would do is gain custody of the children, if it is written in a will. You have no legal binding to the children, and you can not be called a "legal guardian" of them, if i am correct.However, the law is rather confusing.