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Virginia Legal Ages Laws

Individuals are considered adults in the eyes of the law once they reach the age of majority, which is 18 in Virginia. But state laws also provide legal age limits below the age of majority for other legal processes, such as consenting to medical treatment. In Virginia, a minor may apply for emancipation at age 16, on the condition of a judge's approval, while most contracts by minors are voidable.

Virginia's legal ages laws are summarized in the following chart. See Emancipation of Minors and Parental Liability Basics to learn more.

Age of Majority 18 (§1-13.42)
Eligibility for Emancipation By judicial petition at age 16 (§16.1-331 et seq.)
Contracts by Minors Voidable subject to making restitution when possible with various exceptions for necessities (common law)
Minors' Ability to Sue Next friend; defendant infant represented by guardian ad litem (§8.01-8)
Minors' Consent to Medical Treatment Minors may consent to treatment for venereal disease, pregnancy, substance abuse, or mental illness. Married minors may consent to any treatment (§54.1-2969 (E)).

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

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