Parents may find it desirable to alter parental authority in keeping with the child’s best interest. There are three recognized ways to confer power to others.
If parents are seeking to temporarily provide authority to another caregiver or agent, they may wish to seek out of court measures – either a caregiver authorization or Temporary Agent. Both of these options are out of court options and are temporary in nature.
A caregiver authorization, as outlined in Massachusetts General Laws chapter 201F, may authorize a designated caregiver to exercise certain parental rights and responsibilities of a minor, such as decisions regarding the minor’s education or health care. The caregiver authorization affidavit may be valid for up to 2 years and may be reauthorized.
Another option is the Temporary Agent, as outlined in Massachusetts General Laws chapter 190B section 5-103. In this case, the parent delegates some or all power to an authorized agent, but only for up to 60 days.