Minors – Age of Majority – Maine
As used in this Title, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
1. Adult. “Adult” means a person who is 18 years of age or older.
2. Child. “Child” means a person who has not attained 18 years of age.
Title 19A, Part 1, Chap. 1, § 101
Age of Majority
You can be automatically emancipated by getting married. If you marry under the age of 18, which requires parental permission, then you’ll be treated as an adult.
You can also petition for emancipation if you’re at least 16 or 17 years old. The Maine District Court will assign a lawyer to represent you for free in this process.
Minors can’t be held responsible for contracts they entered into, unless the minor or an authorized person ratifies it at or after the age of 18. However, a minor will owe for any necessaries, such as food, shelter, or clothing, as well as any real estate he or she has title to and receives its benefit. Also, if a minor enters a contract for student loans for higher education, then the contract is valid.(33 §52)
Ability to Sue
Through next friend, guardian ad litem, or parent (R. Civ. Pro. 17 (b))
Consent to Medical Treatment
Minors may consent to any treatment is married, emancipated, in the military, or living apart from parents. Otherwise,
minors may consent to substance abuse or mental health treatment. (22 §1502 et seq.