When and how do children become adults?

| Oct 3, 2019 | Guardianships and Conservatorships

Many cultures have different ceremonies and events that mark a child’s ascendancy into adulthood. Religions may mark a certain age or progression, and some societies require some actions at the time a child is ready.

Nearly all American states, including Connecticut, use the age of 18 as the marker for the start of being an adult.

What are the powers and abilities granted to adults?

Once a person in Connecticut attains the age of 18, he or she is able to make decisions about where to live as well as how to pay for it. Any protective restrictions on work hours or types are generally removed. The person also has command of his or her finances and educational future. One vital element is control over personal records, as an adult now has full privacy in a legal sense.

Who can make all these decisions before a person becomes an adult?

Parents are generally the ones to make financial, legal and medical decisions for people under the age of 18. But parents may not be available for a person’s entire childhood. This is why probate courts in Connecticut are empowered to appoint guardians to fill this role if necessary.

What types of guardianship apply to children?

A person may have full guardianship, also called plenary guardianship, in which a person takes all parental responsibility. Some controls may create a limited guardianship, and a person may be appointed a standby guardian if a parent is expected to possibly not continue in that role.

How can guardians make a case in probate court?

People are permitted to address the court alone, but an attorney can always help in probate court. Legal representation may make the process easier and possibly increase the chance of success.