A minor has the right to sue. However, those actions must be done through an adult, someone the court deems a “guardian.” Medical treatment and consent is also another complicated area when dealing with minors. Generally, a minor can also consent to medical treatment once they reach 15 years of age or older. There are certain exceptions when, no matter what age, a minor has the right to consent to any treatments, like pregnancy. However, age alone is not enough and the minor child must be living apart from his or her parents and managing their own finances.
A family attorney with experience in these dealings, and others, such as handling a procedure like adoption, can help your family plan for the future. For example, if your family is planning to adopt, obtaining a lawyer can ensure that the process runs smoothly so your family can focus on what really matters, preparing for a new family member.