Could a male or female in Victorian UK be in charge of his or her own money at 18 years old? (Circa 1888) Could a legal guardian argue in court that since the age of majority was 21, he should be in charge of the money? My research shows that Victorian fiction abounds in characters who come into money at some stage during their childhood, and it's often their parents or guardians who control it until they are adults. Here is where I'm stumped. If he or she were 18, would it be a useless argument to make that they were in charge of their own money?