We're not religious but we've designated a person to take care of our children should something happen to us. Actually, that person has changed a few times over the last 8 years, I don't know how that works when it translates to religious families. Do god parents get designated on a will?
I think it depends on religion. DD has a godmother, but no godfather. The godparent has to be catholic(as we are), in good standing with the church. We had no male catholic friends and all the cousins were women. We were told you only need one. I dont know what they do if you have no one that qualifies. The godparent is supposed to be responsible, if for any reason, the parents can not give the child the religious aspects of her life, church, sacrements and prayers. Being a godparent does not mean if something happens to you, they get the child. That has to be stipulated, legally in a will or something. As far as having more than 2, I know the royals all have 5-10 godparents. Dont know if they are all official or only one is the "real" one and the others are just names.
of course it is okay to have none.
My kids both have the same godparents. I wanted my brother and sister-in-law to be but they were unable to be for various reasons.
Depending on the religion you have to have god parents. For instance I'm catholic, I chose to have just one person but that person has to have been baptized and confirmed in the catholic faith. I know some people use god parents as more of someone to guide their child growing up and not necessarily in a faith based manner.
When I was baptised I had two sets of Godparents. We are Catholic.
My son was baptised over the weekend. We chose my brother, and one of his friends.
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