Texas families may wish to assign parental rights to another caregiver during a temporary period for a variety of reasons. Parents can exercise a power of attorney document to identify their child's temporary caregiver and specify decision-making areas.
Parents can use a signed, notarized power of attorney document to grant some or all parental decision-making authority to a non-parent caregiver. A non-durable power of attorney automatically expires upon the specified date or if the parents become incapacitated.
If parents will be away from their children or unavailable for a short period of time, they may want to ensure that institutions such as schools or doctor's offices will recognize the temporary caregiver's authority to make decisions on their behalf. For example, parents may want to sign a power of attorney to cover their travel dates.
Other Legal Options
While Texas families can use a non-durable power of attorney to cover a temporary period, they may wish to consider other legal options if they are planning a lengthier parental absence. Under Texas law, non-parent relatives caring for children can accept child custody rights through a special power of attorney document. Texas also accepts the Authorization Agreement for Non-parent Relative form, which similarly confers child custody rights and responsibilities upon caregivers.