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What rights do parents have when their high school child turns 18 with regard to finishing high school. grades etc....

Chatsworth, CA |

Want to know what my rights are regarding my child that's in high school once they turn 18. Could they just drop out at that point, would I have any say so, legally?

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Once someone becomes 18, they're legally an adult and can do whatever they want to - joint he army, get married, vote, etc.

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I agree with the previous attorney's response. However, typically the student can consent to disclosure of records/information to his/her parent(s). The consent should be specific, in-writing, and directed to appropriate school personnel.

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