By the age of 16, as many as 1 in 20 children will have experienced the death of one or both of their parents. Unless you state specifically in your Will, you don’t get a say over who will look after your children.
Most people think that custody of their children is passed straight over to a partner or close family. Unfortunately, this just isn’t how it works. In fact a friend or family member who wanted Guardianship would have to go through the lengthy fostering and/or adoption process in order to become the Legal Guardians.
To guarantee your child’s Guardian you need to have a legally binding Will.