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Texas Legal Ages Laws

Texas, as do many other states, recognizes 18 as the "age of majority," at which point residents are legally considered adults (as opposed to "minors"). But Texas legal ages laws also govern a minor's eligibility for emancipation, the legal capacity for signing a contract or consenting to medical treatment. Also, the legal age for alcohol consumption in all states is 21.

The table below highlights some of the main provisions of Texas legal ages laws. See Emancipation of Minors and Parental Liability Basics for related information.

Age of Majority 18 (Civ. Prac. & Rem. §129.001)
Eligibility for Emancipation If resident and 17 or 16 if living apart from guardian or parents and is self supporting or by marriage (Fam. §31.001 et seq.)
Contracts by Minors Must disaffirm within reasonable time after reaching age of majority (common law)
Minors' Ability to Sue Guardian, next friend, guardian ad litem (Tex. R. Civ. P. 44)
Minors' Consent to Medical Treatment Minors may consent to any treatment if in military or 16 years old and living apart from parents. Any minors may consent to treatment for pregnancy, substance abuse, or infectious diseases (Fam. §32.003).

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

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