According to the Alaska Bar Association, when an individual reaches the age of 18, he can marry, vote, buy tobacco products, engage in consensual sex, join the military, work full-time, apply for loans and credit and get piercings and tattoos. The National Conference of State Legislatures explains that rules vary from state-to-state, but most states consider an individual an adult at age 18.Know More
As an adult, the individual has all of the rights and responsibilities as other adults, notes the National Conference of State Legislatures. If an adult signs a contract for indebtedness, the individual is held responsible for that debt. There are greater penalties and repercussions for an adult who commits a criminal offense than for a minor who commits the same offense.
The only activity prohibited at age 18 is the purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Another activity legal in certain states, possession of marijuana, is generally prohibited before the age of 21, reports NBC News.
A mandated activity upon reaching adulthood is registration with the Selective Service within 30 days of a man's 18th birthday. The Selective Service System drafts men into the military, but the system has not been used to draft anyone since 1973, according to U.S. government expert Robert Longley for About.com.Learn more about Legal Ages
The average American retires at the age of 62, according to a 2014 Gallup poll. There has been a gap between poll findings between expected age of retirement and actual age of retirement since 2002.Full Answer >
A minor can be emancipated in Indiana at age 19. The child can also be emancipated if he joins the military or gets married. If the minor is no longer under the control of the parent or other court-approved guardian, then he can also be emancipated.Full Answer >
According to FindLaw.com, the age for a legal marriage varies by state. As of 2014, every state views legal consent within the ages of 16 to 18. The majority of states recognize 16 as the legal marriage age, while a few hold to 17 or 18 as the legal age.Full Answer >
According to Nolo, the minimum legal age to leave home is 16 in most states; legally leaving home before age 18 is called emancipation. Emancipation frees parents from their financial obligations to support the minor. Minors are free from any obligation to remain physically with their parents. Generally, there are three ways to get emancipated: marriage, joining the military or petitioning a court.Full Answer >