Age of majority

The age of majority is when a child reaches the threshold of adulthood.  He or she is no longer considered a minor.

California Family Code 6500 states, “A minor is an individual who is under 18 years of age.  The period of minority is calculated from the first minute of the day on which the individual is born to the same minute of the corresponding day completing the period of minority.”

When a child reaches the age of majority or adulthood, the parent is no longer legally responsible for him or her.  The “new” adult can legally take control over his or her own actions.

If your child has reached the age of majority and you are not certain what you should do, contact an experienced Orange County Family Law attorney who will explain California law to you and what the next steps for you and your child are.