Just like most other states, Nevada recognizes eighteen as the "age of majority," or the age at which state residents are legally considered adults. There are other legal ages laws, however, that give minors (individuals under the age of eighteen) the ability to become emancipated, give consent to medical treatment, and perform other legal matters usually reserved for adults. This article is a quick summary of legal age laws in Nevada.
Age of Majority in Nevada
The "age of majority" -- the age at which an individual is legally considered an adult -- is 18 in most states. For those younger than 18, legal age laws dictate certain rights and responsibilities of minors. For instance, Nevada's legal age laws state that a child 16 or older may be emancipated by judicial order.
Nevada Age Statutes
The following chart highlights the basics of Nevada legal ages laws.
|Age of Majority
|Eligibility for Emancipation
||16 by court order (§129.080)
|Contracts by Minors
||Common law; valid if emancipated (§129.130)
|Minors' Ability to Sue
||General guardian or guardian ad litem (§12.050)
|Minors' Consent to Medical Treatment
||If emancipated (§129.130); or if living apart from parents, married, has a child, or has a health hazard (§129.030); or under influence of drugs (§129.050); or has a sexually transmitted disease (§129.060)
Each state can have its own age limits for voting, marrying, consuming alcohol. Most of the time, these differences reflect community and societal values regarding minors’ decision-making and responsibility. For example, while a fourteen-year old may be old enough to be sued in court for intentionally injuring someone else or damaging someone else’s property, he or she may not be allowed to drink until age 21 or vote until age 18.
Legal Responsibilities of Minors and Parents
The emancipation of a minor refers to a legal process by which a minor can become an adult in the eyes of the law. While Nevada sets the default age of majority at 18, emancipation can allow a minor to be responsible for his or her own wellbeing and make all of his or her own major decisions regarding healthcare, school, and other matters. Until they turn 18 or are they are emancipated, juveniles will generally be treated as such in criminal cases, including age and status offenses.
Nevada Legal Ages Laws: Related Resources
State laws are liable to change frequently. You contact a Nevada family law attorney in your area if you would like legal assistance with your case. You can also continue your own research by visiting FindLaw’s family law section.