Purchases: With or Without Your Parents?

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Are you allowed to buy things without your parents' permission? It depends. If you are under 18, you can usually manage on your own any money you earn and buy basic things you need. But you need your parents' permission if you want to buy more expensive things.


Shopping for Your Basic Needs

  • You are allowed to buy basic things for your "ordinary and usual needs" without your parents' permission.

  • The law does not give a complete definition of an "ordinary need". It depends on your age, your family situation and your finances. However, ordinary needs do include food, activities and clothing.  


Shopping for More Expensive Things

  • If you want to buy something expensive or out of the ordinary, your parents will either have to do it for you, give their permission, or sign on your behalf.

  • For example, judges have ruled that buying a car is a major purchase and that parents must give their permission. Judges have also decided that tattoos and piercings are major purchases.

  • If you buy something on your own that your parents should have known about, the purchase could be cancelled or modified in some way. If the store owner doesn't agree to some kind of compromise, it might be up to a judge to decide whether or not you needed your parents' permission. It all depends on your age, maturity, the cost of the item and your financial situation.

Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.