Your parents won’t let you see one of your friends. They won’t let you stay out late. They don’t want you on the birth control pill. What are your rights in these situations?
You don’t need your parents’ permission for everything.
The law says you don’t need your parents’ permission for everything. For example, you can make these decisions on your own:
- certain medical decision about your health if you are 14 years or older
- managing any money you make from working
- buying certain things on your own
But even if the law lets you do some things on your own, your parents might still be upset if they don’t agree with what you’re doing.
Parents can make some decisions for you.
The law says that
You can complain about your parents’ decisions in court.
People under 18 rarely go to court on their own to complain about their parents’ decisions.
But you can go to court to challenge a parent’s decision if it has a major effect on your
- safety, or
We are talking about decisions that can affect you physically or psychologically.
What if your parents disagree with each other?
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.