Reaching Age 18 in Florida

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Florida considers you a legal adult for most purposes on your 18th birthday (unless a legal proceeding gives some or all the responsibility to a parent or guardian). This is also referred to as the age of majority. On your 18th birthday you can enjoy several “grown up” privileges which include the legal right to:

  • vote,
  • make contracts,
  • sue on your own behalf,
  • make a will,
  • get medical treatment without your parent’s consent
  • get married without your parent’s consent
  • live independently from your parent’s control.

Becoming an adult at 18 in Florida also has significant responsibilities, obligations and consequences such as:

  • You can be tried and sentenced as an adult if you break the law.
  • You are required to support yourself.
  • You can be sued if you enter into binding agreements.
  • You can be called to serve on jury duty.
  • You must register for selective service if you’re a male within 30 days of turning 18.

It’s important to note that the legal age requirement for drinking and buying alcoholic beverages is 21.

Located in historic downtown Kissimmee, Florida, the D’Lugo and DeFlora Law Firm provides quality legal services covering all areas of family and criminal law. We take pride in our ability and experience to consistently handle complex legal matters for our clients by combining extensive experience with a devoted work ethic.

If you find yourself needing support, legal information or help, call D’Lugo and DeFlora for a consultation at 407.870.5551 or online at


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