In Singapore, in the immediate absence of a will naming a caregiver, it is likely that a child will first be placed under the care and protection of social services. Hence, it would be sensible for parents to appoint the guardian of their choice in their will. In most cases, the surviving parent of the child is appointed as the guardian. However, single mothers and those in second or subsequent marriages should ensure that their wills spell out exactly who they want to entrust their child to. This effectively eliminates any custody battles.
When choosing a guardian it is best to appoint one that shares the same parenting style, values and religious beliefs as you. Once you’ve narrowed your list, approach them and ask how they would feel being the guardian of your child. In addition, you also need to outline the financial, physical and custodial arrangements for your child to your proposed guardian. These conversations might uncover their true feelings and attitudes that will help you make your final decision.