Second Saturday of the Month-The Age of Majority for Minnesota Children

The phrase “age of majority” refers to a child’s attaining the age where that child is considered an adult by the State with certain rights and obligations.    A child in Minnesota is considered an adult at age 18.     “Adult” is defined as an individual who is 18 years of age or older. Minn. Statute 645.451.    An 18 year old in Minnesota has the right to:  

  • Obtain a tattoo without parental consent
  • Join the military without parental consent
  • Get married without parental consent
  • Enter into a contract
  • Lease a dwelling
  • Purchase real estate
  • Make a will
  • Inherit in his or her own name
  • Sue or be sued
  • Vote in national, local, and state elections
  • Consent to medical treatment
  • Purchase tobacco products
  • Be responsible for his or her own debt

While turning 18 has its benefits, there are some losses as well.   An 18 year old loses the right to support by his or her parents; loses the right to proceed in juvenile court; and loses the protection of child labor laws. 

 Why age 18?  The age of majority used to be 21 in most states.  When 18 year olds obtained the right to vote, then most states lowered the age of majority to 18.    An 18 year old, however,  may not purchase or consume alcoholic until age 21.

About Kate Willmore, Esq.

Kate Willmore, Saint Cloud, Minnesota, divorce, custody and family attorney brings over 25 years experience to every client's legal matter. *** Licensed in Minnesota and in California

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