Family caregiving is a fascinating topic to think about. As you’re growing up, your parents are generally the center of your life as caregivers. Then, you become an adult and go out into the world on your own. Then, you may end up becoming a caregiver yourself. In one instance, you have a family and are the caregiver for your spouse and your children. And then, later on in life, you may end up being the primary caretaker for your aging parents. The fact that caregiving spans so much of your life is one reason you should look at it logically over time.
Different programs help you with caregiving options. For example, consumer-directed personal assistance programs are an excellent option for figuring out caretaker choices. In many states, you can make arrangements with the government and medical facilities to find out what kind of care should be taken for your aging parents and what best way to accomplish that. By having the consumer be involved in the decision, people tend to be much happier with the results as opposed to government-mandated ones or picking options that seemed very limited in scope.
Responsibility for Parents
Legally, you may wonder how much responsibility you have for your parents at a certain point. For example, if your parents have a disability of some type, are you responsible for debts that they incur that they don’t actually understand? After parents have been through something like a stroke or other accident where they are impaired, what does your level of responsibility entail from a legal standpoint?
This can be a complicated question, morally, legally, and ethically. Can your parents ultimately become wards of the state if you don’t have the financial ability to take care of them? When do insurance programs start working to create a healthy and safe environment for people who are older and can’t take care of themselves for various reasons?
Child Custody Laws
On the other end of the spectrum are children. When you are married, your children are your priorities as far as caregiving goes. But if you choose to divorce your spouse, there is the matter of child custody laws that create a lot of drama. Different people will assume different best-case scenarios for children, and a judge often has to make the ruling of where a child should go after separation.
This transition can be tough on everyone, and if spouses aren’t getting along as part of their divorce, it can get very ugly because people who don’t understand the context of a relationship are required by law to create mandates. Before you get a divorce, it’s important you know your legal rights in child custody situations.