2017 Georgia Code
Title 19 - Domestic Relations
Chapter 9 - Child Custody Proceedings
Article 4 - Power of Attorney for the Care of a Minor Child
§ 19-9-127. Violations; execution of power of attorney; power of attorney to be signed and acknowledged
- (a) Except as may be permitted by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, 20 U.S.C.A. Section 6301, et seq., and Section 7801, et seq., a parent executing the power of attorney for the care of a minor child shall certify that such action is not for the primary purpose of enrolling the child in a school for the sole purpose of participating in the academic or interscholastic athletic programs provided by that school or for any other unlawful purpose. Violation of this subsection shall be punishable in accordance with Georgia law and may require, in addition to any other remedies, repayment by such parent or grandparent of all costs incurred by the school as a result of the violation.
- (1) The instrument providing for the power of attorney for the care of a minor child shall be executed by both parents, if both parents are living and have joint legal custody of the minor child, and shall specify which hardship prevents the parent or parents from caring for the child. If the parents do not have joint legal custody, the parent having sole permanent legal custody shall have authority to grant the power of attorney.
- (2) The power of attorney for the care of a minor child shall be signed and acknowledged before a notary public by the parent executing the power of attorney. Any noncustodial parent shall be notified in writing of the name and address of the grandparent who has been appointed the agent grandparent under the power of attorney. The executing parent shall send the notification by certified mail or statutory overnight delivery, return receipt requested, to the noncustodial parent at the noncustodial parent's last known address within five days of the execution of the power of attorney. A noncustodial parent who has joint legal custody shall have the same authority to execute a revocation of the power of attorney as granted to the custodial parent.
- (c) If only one parent has sole permanent legal custody of the minor child, then that parent shall have authority to execute the power of attorney for the care of a minor child and to revoke the power of attorney.
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