2017 Georgia Code
Title 19 - Domestic Relations
Chapter 9 - Child Custody Proceedings
Article 4 - Power of Attorney for the Care of a Minor Child
§ 19-9-128. Revocation of power of attorney; termination of power of attorney; resignation of agent grandparent
- (1) The agent grandparent shall have the authority to act on behalf of the minor child until each parent who executed the power of attorney for the care of a minor child revokes the power of attorney in writing and provides notice of the revocation to the agent grandparent as provided in this Code section.
- (2) The agent grandparent shall have the authority to act on behalf of the child until a copy of the revocation of the power of attorney is received by certified mail or statutory overnight delivery, return receipt requested, and upon receipt of the revocation the agent grandparent shall cease to act as agent.
- (3) The parent shall send a copy of the revocation of the power of attorney to the agent grandparent within five days of the execution of the revocation by certified mail or statutory overnight delivery, return receipt requested.
- (4) The revoking parent shall notify the school, health care providers, and others known to the parent to have relied upon such power of attorney.
- (b) The power of attorney for the care of a minor child may also be terminated by any order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
- (1) The agent grandparent shall notify the school in which the agent grandparent had enrolled the child whenever a change in circumstances results in a change in residence for such child that is expected to last more than six weeks during a school term and such change in residence is not due to hospitalization, vacation, study abroad, or some reason otherwise acceptable to the school.
- (2) The agent grandparent may resign by notifying the parent in writing by certified mail or statutory overnight delivery, return receipt requested, and, if the agent grandparent is aware that the parent's hardship still exists, such agent grandparent shall also notify child protective services or such government authority that is charged with assuring proper care of such minor child.
- (3) Upon the death of the authorizing parent, the agent grandparent shall notify the surviving parent as soon as practicable. With consent of the surviving parent or if the whereabouts of the surviving parent are unknown, the power of attorney for the care of a minor child may continue for up to six months so that the child may receive consistent care until more permanent custody arrangements are made.
- (d) The authority to designate an agent to act on behalf of a minor child is in addition to any other lawful action a parent may take for the benefit of such minor child, and the parent shall continue to have the right to medical, dental, mental health, and school records pertaining to the minor child.
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