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Virginia Legal Ages Laws

More Information on Minors and the Law

Age of Majority18 (§1-13.42)
Eligibility for EmancipationBy judicial petition at age 16 (§16.1-331 et seq.)
Contracts by MinorsVoidable subject to making restitution when possible with various exceptions for necessities (common law)
Minors' Ability to SueNext friend; defendant infant represented by guardian ad litem (§8.01-8)
Minors' Consent to Medical TreatmentMinors may consent to treatment for venereal disease, pregnancy, substance abuse, or mental illness. Married minors may consent to any treatment (§54.1-2969 (E)).

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