Q: Can a father with shared parenting of a minor give POA to step parent
With the shared parent order, parents were never married. Can father sign a health and education power of attorney to his wife (stepmom) without needing the mothers permission or signature.
A: A parent can grant permission for a step parent to handle certain duties and responsibilities concerning their own child. However, issues may arise concerning the minor child if the other parent finds out that their child's opposite parent is relinquishing their duties and responsibilities to a step parent. Also, most medical providers and schools will not accept a power of attorney if there another parent who is legally authorized to make decisions. Medical providers especially are becoming more stringent about this requirement and are now keeping child custody orders on file as to who is allowed to authorize care. Recent laws have been passed concerning this issue.
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