Accessing medical records of a minor
To request health records, the patient must be at least 18 years old or emancipated. If the patient is under age 18 and not emancipated, the patient’s parent, guardian or custodian may request the records.
When parents of a minor child are divorced or separated, both the custodial and non-custodial parents of a child have equal access to the child’s health records. A court may issue an order that limits the non-custodial parent’s access to the child’s health records. However, this is not effective unless the provider has received a copy of the court order or has actual knowledge of the court order.