children's rights

The term "child" does not necessarily mean a minor, and can include adult children as well as adult non-dependent children. Children are generally afforded the basic rights embodied by the Constitution

The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment is said to apply to children, but excludes those not yet born. There are both state and federal sources of children’s-rights law. In other words, a child has many of the same constitutional rights as an adult has; however, if a child is under 18 years old, they do not have the right to vote.

[Last updated in July of 2022 by the Wex Definitions Team]

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