Minor's Compromise

When a minor has a disputed claim for damages, money or other property and does not have a guardian of the estate, the following persons have the right to compromise, or execute a covenant not to sue on or a covenant not to enforce judgment on, the claim, unless the claim is against such person or persons:

  • Either parent if the parents of the minor are not living separate and apart.
  • The parent having the care, custody, or control of the minor if the parents of the minor are living separate and apart.

The compromise or covenant is valid only after it has been approved, upon the filing of a petition, by the superior court of either of the following counties:

  • The county where the minor resides when the petition is filed.
  • Any county where suit on the claim or matter properly could be brought.
  • Any money or other property to be paid or delivered for the benefit of the minor pursuant to the compromise or covenant shall be paid and delivered in the manner and upon the terms and conditions specified in Chapter 4 of Probate Code Section 3600.
  • A parent having the right to compromise the disputed claim of the minor under this section may execute a full release and satisfaction, or execute a covenant not to sue on or a covenant not to enforce judgment on the disputed claim, after the money or other property to be paid or delivered has been paid or delivered.

Petitions for Minor's Compromise filed in Riverside must be filed with the Probate Division

Petitions for Minor's Compromise filed in Indio must be filed with the Probate Division

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