Georgia Legal Ages Laws
State laws recognize the capacity of individuals to enter into marriage or otherwise make legal decisions, which includes both mental capacity and maturity. Those under the age of majority, or "minors," are considered incapable of such legal decisions. Georgia legal ages laws do not specify at which age a minor is eligible for emancipation from his or her parents, but the state requires individuals to be 18 years old in order to consent to medical treatment or enter into a contract.
The specifics of Georgia legal ages laws are listed in the following table. See FindLaw's Emancipation of Minors section for additional articles and resources.
|Age of Majority||18 (§39-1-1)|
|Eligibility for Emancipation||Not specified|
|Contracts by Minors||Generally voidable; however, if benefits continue after age of majority, contract is valid (§13-3-20)|
|Minors' Ability to Sue||Through guardian or guardian ad litem (§29-4-7); suit started by infant alone not void but guardian must be appointed before verdict (§9-2-28)|
|Minors' Consent to Medical Treatment||18 for treatment in general (§31-9-2); if treatment is for VD, minor may consent; female minor has valid consent for treatment in connection with pregnancy|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Georgia family law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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