Age of Majority


The age of majority is the threshold of adulthood in law.  It is the chronological moment when a child legally ceases to be considered a minor.  After attaining the age of majority, a person assumes control over their persons, actions and decisions.  S/he terminates the legal control and legal responsibilities of  parents or guardian.  The age of majority is a legally fixed age, concept or statutory principle, which may differ depending on the jurisdiction.  The age of majority may not necessarily correspond to actual mental or physical maturity of an individual.

The rules concerning age of majority and emancipation vary in the different states.  The related law of each state is discussed under the following state links.


Age of Majority: Related Pages