12/17/2017

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Adulthood

At what age is is a child considered an adult?

In most countries, 18 is the age in which children are considered legal adults. In certain countries, however, the age may be a little lower but 18 is the standard. In the United States and other countries, there are restrictions on certain activities such as purchasing alcoholic beverages until the age of 21 but 18 is the age in which a person can legally live and function on his or her own.

At the age of 18, called the age of majority, a person is, by law, able to vote, enlist in military service, enter contracts, and marry without the consent of their parents and basically live outside the realm of parental guidance.

The age of majority is defined as the age in which a person is considered an adult. At this age, the person is given the rights and responsibilities that are associated with adulthood. In the United States, although the rights of those who reach the age of majority is determined by the laws of individual states, certain rights, such as the right to vote, are determined under the Constitution of the United States and are then upheld on a national basis.

A person who is considered an adult is deemed responsible for his or her own actions unless there is proof of mental illness or other mental or physical deficiencies. Also, a parent is no longer obligated to provide support or care unless they are ordered to do so by a court of law.

There are many other changes that can have life altering effects on the lifestyles of individuals who go from being a minor to becoming an adult. It is a transition that may effect legal rights, lawsuits, relevancy in matters of guardianship, foster care, income, living arrangements, and other matters that effect the ability to take care of oneself.

In some cases, children under the age of 18 sue their parents to become emancipated. In most cases, emancipation is granted to a child if the courts determine that the child is mature and responsible enough to take care of themselves. The child can then sign business contracts, handle their own financial affairs, get married without parental authorization, and live as an adult. However, the child cannot vote until after their eighteenth birthday.

Although many people turn 18 each day, it does not mean that all possess the characteristics that go along with adulthood. Many have little or no self control, make immature decisions, and lack the ability to stand on their own as an adult.

But many others show adult characteristics well before their 18th birthday. They control their own destiny by making wise decisions with their finances, lifestyle choices, and develop meaningful friendships and relationships.

 

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