First, although one state’s law may sometimes be influential as another state is considering its lawmaking options, state law is only formally applicable in the state at issue.
Like a divorce, a legal separation requires property division and determination of child custody and placement.
A separation agreement is a legal binding contract signed by spouses, which is intended to resolve property, debt and child related issues.
This can be a very complex and detailed document depending upon the unique situation of the marriage.
To clarify these circumstances, in this article, we describe the nature and extent of the law’s mature minor exception to the requirement of parental consent and provide accurate, up-to-date, state-by-state guidance on adolescents’ decisional authority in general medical settings.
Specifically, Part I provides the legal context in which the issue of a mature minor exception is to be correctly understood and analyzes the points of disjunction between the medical and legal communities’ approaches to the capacity of adolescents to consent to general medical treatment.
To the extent that there is confusion about the nature and extent of the mature minor exception, it appears to be related to a few fundamental mistakes about the law.