Emancipation and Ages for Moving Out

When does a minor become an adult in Connecticut?

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June 16, 2011 5:48PM

A minor becomes a legal adult on his 18th birthday in most states in the United States. At this time the person has all the rights and responsibilities of any other adult except the ability to legally purchase and consume alcohol (except in religious ceremonies). For that one must be 21 in the United States. At the age of 18 (19 in Nebraska) one can enter into contracts which include housing lease agreements, major purchases, loans, etc. Before the age of 18 a person is viewed as incapable of understanding the ramifications/consequences of the contracts and therefore not responsible or bound by the terms of the contract.

HOWEVER, in Connecticut one could be emancipated (be declared an adult by the state) as early as the 16th birthday. The applicant for emancipation must be married, or must be in the U.S. armed forces, or must be living apart from his/her parents or guardian and be managing your own money, or the the court could decide it is in the best interests of the minor, his or her parents, or the minor's child if he/she has one.

A minor can marry with parental (or legal guardian) consent in CT at the age of 16. A younger minor can also legally marry, but he/she must have permission of the probate court AND parental consent.