The Florida minor (child) power of attorney form enables a parent to choose a representative and provide them with specific, temporary parental authority. The individual chosen for this position will serve as the child’s caregiver and act on the parent’s behalf. While the representative’s duties may vary, they will typically be asked to supply services necessary to maintain the child’s customary standard of living (e.g., transportation, food, shelter) and to make decisions regarding the child’s health care and education. Florida statutes do not specifically cover power of attorney forms for minor children. Therefore, the State does not impose a limit on how long the representative’s authority may remain effective, though the term will usually last for six (6) to twelve (12) months.
As per Chapter 751 of the Florida statutes, the child’s extended family members have the ability to file a petition with the court to obtain full temporary custody of the child. This process is useful when the child’s parents are unfit to provide proper childcare and gaining full custody is necessary to ensure the child’s wellbeing. Florida also allows the child’s extended family to apply for full custody which runs concurrently with the parent’s. More information on temporary and concurrent custody can be accessed here.
Laws – § 744.3021 (Guardians of Minors)
Signing Requirements – Notary Public and Two (2) Witnesses (§709.2105)
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