See Emancipation of Minors and Parental Liability Basics for related information.
Minors may consent to any treatment if in military or 16 years old and living apart from parents.
Statutory rape laws presume coercion, because a minor or mentally handicapped adult is legally incapable of giving consent to the act.
The term statutory rape generally refers to sex between an adult and a sexually mature minor past the age of puberty.
Sexual relations with a prepubescent child, generically called child sexual abuse or molestation, is typically treated as a more serious crime.
Any minor petitioning a Texas court for emancipation -- that is, being declared an adult in the eyes of the law -- must be a Texas resident, 17 years old (or 16 and living apart from one's parents), and able to support and manage one's own affairs.
The minor seeking emancipation will have to state the following in his or her petition: Consenting to Medical Treatment as a Minor Any minor who is either in the military or 16 years old and living apart from one's parents (and thus eligible for emancipation) may consent to medical treatment.
However, all minors in Texas may consent to treatment pertaining to pregnancy, drug or alcohol abuse, or infectious diseases.
The table below highlights some of the main provisions of Texas legal ages laws.
Overview of Texas Legal Age Laws Texas, as do many other states, recognizes 18 as the "age of majority," at which point residents are legally considered adults (as opposed to "minors").
But Texas legal ages laws also govern a minor's eligibility for emancipation, the legal capacity for signing a contract or consenting to medical treatment.
Also, the legal age for alcohol consumption in all states is 21.
Emancipation of Minors in Texas Texas law allows for the emancipation of minors in certain circumstances.