When Does A Person Become An “Adult”?
In all American states, you are considered to be an adult at age 18. This is also known as the age of majority.
What Does It Mean To Become An “Adult”?
As an adult, you possess new rights. You also have new responsibilities and are held personally accountable for your actions.
What Are Some Of The Rights That You Have At Age 18 That You Did Not Have Before?
- You have the right to vote in federal, state, and local elections.
- You have the right to be completely independent from parental control.
- You have the right to marry without parental consent.
- You have the right to enter into contracts (including apartment leases, contracts of sale, and loans) in your own name.
What Are Some Of The Responsibilities That You Have At Age 18 That You Did Not Have Before?
- Your parents are no longer required to support you.
- You are personally responsible for all of your actions. Should you be found to be in violation of the law, you will be tried in an adult criminal court rather than juvenile court.
- You may sue and be sued by others upon contracts you make, and for intentional or negligent acts.
- You are considered eligible for jury service if you have registered to vote.
- If you are a male, you must register for the draft with the Selective Service Administration.