A New Mexico minor (child) power of attorney is a document empowering a designated individual, known as the attorney-in-fact, to assume guardianship responsibilities for a child temporarily. This arrangement is useful when parents are unavailable due to military deployment, vacation, illness, or incarceration, and it enables the attorney-in-fact to make decisions about the child’s medical care, education, and extracurricular activities.
However, it doesn’t allow the attorney-in-fact to consent to the child’s marriage or adoption, nor does it terminate the parent’s rights. Valid for up to six months, this legal document ensures a child’s affairs are managed responsibly in the parent’s absence. If a longer-term solution is needed, parents can take the judicial route through the New Mexico Court System.