Infancy Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Infancy.

Infancy (noun)

Infancy is a legal term referring to the period in a person's life when they are considered too young, or "underage," to perform certain legal acts, such as filing a lawsuit, entering into a contract, or getting married. Traditionally, this age was 21, but it has been reduced to 18 in many jurisdictions. When a person in their infancy needs to engage in a legal action, like filing a lawsuit, they usually must do so through a guardian.