A closer look When Your Child Becomes a Legal Adult
Apr 07, 2021
- In most states, children become legal adults when they turn 18. This overnight shift in legal status brings significant changes for both parents and children.
- Parents’ legal authority over their children will be significantly curtailed, including their ability to access their children’s financial, medical, and educational information. Their 18-year-old children, on the other hand, will suddenly find themselves with a host of new rights and obligations.
- For both parents and their children, it can be helpful to devote some time to thinking through these major changes. In this A Closer Look, we explore the most frequent issues and considerations related to this transition.