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In legal terms, the minor child is regarded as incapacitated. Until they reach the age of 18 or are emancipated, they remain under the protection of their mother and father, whether the parents are together or separated, or of one or more dative or suppletive tutors.
A minor child does not remain totally incapacitated until they reach full age. Depending on their age, degree of discernment and maturity, they may be able to use their work income (e.g. earnings from delivering newspapers) for their everyday expenses.
Two ages are key in the child’s acquisition of greater autonomy.
The tutor now has to report to the child on the administration of their property. In addition, the minor may now accomplish certain acts in connection with their job, profession or craft.
The minor may marry with permission from the court. The tutor must be asked for his/her opinion. The minor may also file for emancipation on his/her own.
In Québec and Canada, protection of the child is structured by various laws. The main pieces of legislation involved are: