Getting Ready for When Your Teen Reaches the Age of Majority: A Parent’s Guide

Age of majority is the age when children legally become adults. At this time, they gain the rights of adults, which include the right to vote, marry, apply for a credit card, make medical and financial decisions for themselves, sign contracts, live independently, and much more.

This tip sheet from CPIR is for parents to learn more about:

  • Who decides the age of majority
  • What the transfer of parental rights means for parents, youth with disabilities, and school systems
  • Concerns about competency: IDEA’s special rule
  • What about guardianship and other options?
  • Tips for parents and more
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