Duties of Guardians
1. You may be appointed to act jointly with other guardians. If called upon, you may already have agreed which part of the child rearing role you will undertake — or you may need to decide this at the time with the other appointed guardians.
2. The surviving parent usually assumes full custody of minor children if the parents were married. Even if the parents were divorced the surviving parent is normally entitled to resume full custody of minor children; however, this right will not necessarily be exercised — divorced testators may still choose to name friends or relations as the first choice for guardians. Unmarried fathers do not assume automatic custody rights unless a parental responsibility agreement is in place.
3. The ultimate decision on who will act as guardians to minor children rests with the local Social Services. Naturally they will try to abide by the wishes expressed in a legally valid Will whenever possible.