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    Children and the Law Section welcomes new law offering parental delegation option

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    Thomas Solberg
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    Children and the Law Section welcomes new law offering parental delegation option

    November 29, 2011 — The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Children and the Law Section has thanked state Representative Dale Kooyenga, Senator Terry Moulton and Governor Scott Walker for their successful efforts to enact a law that gives Wisconsin parents new options in caring for their children.

    2011 AB 30, signed into law as Act 87 in Racine last week, creates a uniform, legal mechanism parents can use to temporarily delegate legal decision-making and care-taking responsibilities for their children to another responsible, competent adult.

    "This new law allows a parent, with specific limitations, to draft a Power of Attorney (POA) document delegating full or partial parental authority to a third person without court or social services involvement for a limited time period while maintaining full control over the arrangement," explains Section Chair Anita Cruise.

    She adds that children often reside with other adults for limited periods of time because of a parent’s active military duty, medical, emotional or addiction issues, or other parental responsibilities. Additionally, a child may have a special educational or intensive sports training opportunities that require different living arrangements.

    "This legislation expands the legal tools available to parents who need assistance in caring for their children," notes Cruise. "Previously, a parent who needed parenting assistance had limited options."

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