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How would the age of a minor be raised now that higher education is a must. What the legislative procedure is to raise the age of minority?

Alternatively, could a parent show that the child is incompetent and keep them at home legally for a couple more years to get them through high school?

closed as off-topic by A. K., Putvi, Martin Bonner, Dale M, Trish May 30 at 1:00

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    What you are talking about is guardianship (in the US) and usually requires you to demonstrate that the individual is incapable of making their own decisions. They are still legally an adult, you just have decision-making power over them. You can't just say "my son Billy is a bit of a slacker and I want to have guardianship to make him go to school", guardianship usually requires extenuating circumstances (disability/mental illness). – Ron Beyer Apr 20 at 18:00
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    I'm not sure it is... Are you asking what the legislative procedure is to raise the age of minority? Or are you asking if a parent can (legally) consider a child a minor until the age of 21? I'm not sure how the "higher education" thing comes in, many insurance plans and tax deductions for children still work as long as the child is enrolled full-time in school, they go away after they leave college or hit the age of 25 typically. – Ron Beyer Apr 20 at 20:44
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    How is higher education a "must"? – StephanS Apr 20 at 21:34
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    For the US and its states, you might note that every citizen over 18 is guaranteed the right to vote, under the Twenty-Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution. So even if the age of majority were raised by statute, 18 to 21-year-olds would still be able to vote, and I'd guess at the next election, they would express their displeasure with those elected officials who supported the measure. As such, I think it'd be hard for such a measure to find political support. – Nate Eldredge Apr 20 at 22:02
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a question about political process, not the law or legal process. – Nij Apr 21 at 4:33
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The age of majority (age at which a person ceases to be a minor) used to be 21 in most US states. It was lowered to 18 by statutes in various states at various times -- the Vietnam War had a major political effect on this. As the comment by Nate Eldredge says, the right to vote at at 18 is guaranteed by the 26th amendment to the US Constitution. It is possible, but seems unlikely, for a particular state legislature to return the age to 21 by law, at any time for all rights except for voting, or for specified rights. For example, in many states the right to purchase alcohol is only granted at age 21.

If a child is incompetent in a legal sense, one can apply for Guardianship and a judge will evaluate the situation and make an order of Guardianship if the Judge believes it justified. This is normally used only for serious mental illness or disability, or other condition which makes the child (or adult ward) unable to function in society without help, and unable to make decisions in his or her own best interest. The guardian must make regular reports to the court, in most cases. The detailed law of guardianship varies from state to state.

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Bills on any subject are all passed the same way.

Here's a video to explain the process of passing a bill into a law:

I'm Just a Bill

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