(a) A parent who has custody, or a guardian, of a minor or incapacitated person, by a properly executed power of attorney, may delegate to another person, for a period not exceeding one year, any power regarding health, support, education, or maintenance of the person or property of the minor child or ward, except the power to consent to marriage or adoption of a minor ward. Temporary “delegation” of parental powers does not relieve the parent or guardian of the primary responsibility for the minor or incapacitated person.

Terms Used In Alabama Code 26-2A-7. Delegation of powers by parent or guardian; parental authority

  • guardian: A person who has qualified as a guardian of a minor or incapacitated person pursuant to parental or spousal nomination or court appointment and includes a limited guardian as described in Sections 26-2A-78(e) and 26-2A-105(c), but excludes one who is merely a guardian ad litem. See Alabama Code 26-2A-20
  • incapacitated person: Any person who is impaired by reason of mental illness, mental deficiency, physical illness or disability, physical or mental infirmities accompanying advanced age, chronic use of drugs, chronic intoxication, or other cause (except minority) to the extent of lacking sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate responsible decisions. See Alabama Code 26-2A-20
  • minor: A person who is under 19 years of age and has not otherwise had the disabilities of minority removed. See Alabama Code 26-2A-20
  • parent: Includes any person entitled to take, or who would be entitled to take if the child died without a will, as a parent by intestate succession from the child whose relationship is in question and excludes any person who is only a stepparent, foster parent, or grandparent. See Alabama Code 26-2A-20
  • person: An individual or an organization, unless the context otherwise requires. See Alabama Code 26-2A-20
  • property: Includes both real and personal property or any interest therein and means anything that may be the subject of ownership. See Alabama Code 26-2A-20
  • ward: A person for whom a guardian has been appointed. See Alabama Code 26-2A-20
  • year: means a calendar year; but, whenever the word "year" is used in reference to any appropriations for the payment of money out of the treasury, it shall mean fiscal year. See Alabama Code 1-1-1

(b) The provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall not be used or construed to allow a parent or guardian to thwart or circumvent provisions of Chapter 15 of Title 12 and Article 2 of Chapter 2 of Title 44.

(Acts 1987, No. 87-590, p. 975, §1-107; Acts 1988, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 88-898, p. 455, §1.)