2018 Georgia Code
Title 19 - Domestic Relations
Chapter 9 - Child Custody Proceedings
Article 4 - Power of Attorney for the Care of a Child
§ 19-9-126. (Effective September 1, 2018) Impact of execution on parental rights

Universal Citation: GA Code § 19-9-126 (2018)
  • (a) The execution of a power of attorney under this article shall, in the absence of other evidence, not constitute abandonment, abuse, neglect, or any indication of unfitness as a parent.

  • (b) An individual shall not execute a power of attorney under this article with the intention of divesting or negating another individual's legal responsibility for the care of a child.

  • (c) The parental obligations set forth in Chapter 7 of this title to his or her child shall not be extinguished or serve as a defense when a parent executes a power of attorney. Any individual giving a power of attorney to a nonrelative shall carefully consider such agent's criminal background check, and such consideration shall not absolve the signer from liability.

  • (d) Nothing in this article shall prevent the Division of Family and Children Services of the department or law enforcement from investigating and taking appropriate action regarding allegations of abuse, neglect, abandonment, desertion, or other mistreatment of a child.

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