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What are my parental rights over a son who is 19 years old

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What are my parental rights over a son who is 19 years old and lives in our house and is totally financially dependent on us and has deep psychological problems
Regarding parental rights, the age of majority in New York is 18. This age is separate from those related to child support obligations. Unless a court of law has found your child to need a guardian or conservator, you no longer have any legal parental rights over your adult child. I understand you say the child has deep psychological problems, but only a doctor can medically declare him incompetent in order for you to be eligible to become the child's legal guardian or conservator. Without the judicial process, the parents no longer retain any legal rights over an adult child even if the parent is financially supporting said child.

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