For some kids, nothing seems better than turning 18 and becoming an adult. At that point, you get the freedom to do (nearly) anything you want without anyone telling you that you can’t do it. In reality, you’ll probably always have the pressure of family and friends trying to urge you to do or not do certain things.
However, there are some exciting changes for young folks in Idaho from 15 when you can get a graduated license to 21 when you can finally legally drink. Each year seems to bring a new privilege or right.
Minors and the Law in Idaho
The following chart lists and explains some of the main legal ages laws in Idaho.
|Age of Majority
||Idaho law defines minors as boys and girls under the age of 18.
|Eligibility for Emancipation
||If a person has been married, he or she is emancipated or considered an adult. They are considered legally competent to contract for goods or services, rent, buy a home, and sue or be sued.
|Contracts by Minors
||An unmarried minor can generally get out of a contract for goods or services, if done before turning 18. However, even if unmarried, a minor can’t disaffirm an otherwise valid contract to purchase necessities, such as food, shelter, or clothing.
Also, children who are 15 or over can enter into an insurance contract, such as for life, health, car, rental, or homeowners insurance.
|Minors' Ability to Sue
||A minor or otherwise legally incompetent person can sue or be sued through a guardian, conservator, or other fiduciary, or a guardian ad litem or next friend appointed by the court.
|Minors' Consent to Medical Treatment
||A minor who is at least 14 years old can consent to be treated for infectious, contagious, or communicable diseases, such as TB or STDs, without the permission of a parent or guardian. This could include teens whose parents object to medical care for religious reasons.
Minors can also consent to abortion if emancipated by marriage or being an active duty military servicemember. Otherwise, they need parental permission.
Note: State laws are being updated all the time. You should contact a lawyer or conduct your own legal research to verify these state laws.
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