As a rule, it is thought that a person acquires full capacity to decide at 18 years of age.
According to a certain opinion, a person may decide before reaching 18 year of age if he/she has enough maturity for doing so.
However this opinion does not grant younger and mentally handicapped children the right to decide on important health matters. Such power tends to be recognized to their parents. But what are the limits of parental decision-making? Is any medical intervention on children admissible if the parents have demanded or authorized it? And is the parental opposition sufficient to avoid medical intervention in child’s interest?
Rute Agulhas Communication
Psicologia Clínica e Forense
Jorge Duarte Pinheiro Communication
Professor e Investigador
Carmen Sánchez Hernández Communication
Departamento de Derecho Civil, Universidade de Málaga