MINORS’ CONTRACTS

Many people suppose that a contract made by an infant (I.e. a person under twenty-one years of age), is null and void. This is correct in cases where the contract refers to the repayment of money lent, money to be lent, or for goods which are not necessities. But the Infants’ Relief Act of 1874 clearly states that liability exists for goods which are necessities, such as food, reasonable clothing and reasonable housing, according to the particular individual’s station in life. Liability also exists for moneys spent on education, and an infant is liable for a marriage settlement entered into by him. It should also be noted that parents are not liable for their infant children’s debts, unless it can be proved that they authorised them to incur such debts.

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