It is highly recommended for all parents to appoint a guardian or guardians in their Will, who will continue to look after minor children if both parents were to lose their lives unexpectedly.
Parents living abroad should also consider appointing a temporary guardian(s), so that children can stay with someone they know within the country you are living in, until a more permanent care solution can take effect.
Without a temporary guardianship arrangement, local laws (such as Sharia), can come into effect and mean that your children might be taken into local care until the legal guardians appointed in your Will arrive to take up their appointment. If you have no Will, the decision of the local courts can come into effect.
For more details on arranging temporary guardianship in the GCC countries and on parental responsibility please contact us.