Your Decision? Your Parents’ Decision?

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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:

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. 

Your parents are allowed to make decisions for you, even if they have separated.

The law says that

  • you must respect your parents, and
  • your parents can make decisions on issues affecting you until you turn 18.


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

  • health,
  • safety, or  
  • development.

We are talking about decisions that can affect you physically or psychologically.


What if your parents disagree with each other?

A parent who disagrees with a decision of the other parent can challenge it in court. Also, youth protection agencies can get involved if decisions of your parents put you in danger.

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.