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Kentucky Legal Ages Laws

Youths who are under the age of majority often want to know their rights under the law, and at what age they'll no longer be considered a minor in their state. In Kentucky, the simple answer is 18 years old. However, additional rights come later, such as the right to buy alcohol or go to a bar at age 21.

This article provides a brief overview of Kentucky's legal age statutes.

Kentucky Legal Age Statutes: At a Glance

The specifics of Kentucky's legal age laws are listed in the following table. See FindLaw's Emancipation of Minors section for additional articles and resources.

Age of Majority

18 (Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 2.015)

Eligibility for Emancipation

The only way for a minor to become emancipated in the state of Kentucky is to get married at the age of 17; one must petition the family court to grant permission to marry (Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 402.205)

Contracts by Minors

Minors' Ability to Sue

A minor can sue with the help of a guardian or next friend. KY CR 17.03(c)

Minors' Consent to Medical Treatment

Legal Age for Alcohol, Tobacco, or E-cigarette Purchase and/or Consumption

21 (Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 438.311)

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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Get Legal Help with Your Questions About Kentucky Legal Ages Laws

Many legal processes are restricted by age requirements, including the legal age for what constitutes a "minor" and the ability to become emancipated from one's parents. If you have questions about these age limits or any other aspect of a particular family law matter, it's in your best interest to contact a family law attorney in Kentucky.

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