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Ohio Legal Ages Laws

Most states have different age limits for different types of legal transactions, such as the ability to enter into a contract or file a lawsuit. However, Ohio legal ages laws do not specify specific ages for a number of these. For instance, Ohio law does not state the ages at which a minor is eligible for emancipation or able to provide legal consent to medical treatment.

The following table lists the various provisions of Ohio's legal age laws. See Emancipation of Minors Basics and Parental Liability Basics for related information.

Age of Majority 18 (§§3109.01)
Eligibility for Emancipation Not specified
Contracts by Minors Voidable; may be disaffirmed at infancy or within reasonable time after age of majority; exception for necessaries (common law)
Minors' Ability to Sue Through personal representative or otherwise may sue by next friend or defend by guardian ad litem; minor not represented must have court appoint guardian ad litem (R. Civ. Pro. 17(B))
Minors' Consent to Medical Treatment Not specified

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Ohio family law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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