Question: How old do you have to be to sue someone in Indiana?

Parents or guardians can only be held liable for certain conduct of their minor children. And since Indiana defines the age of majority as 18 years old (as do most states), the Indiana laws were discussing here do not apply to parents whose children are over the age of 18.

Can a minor be sued in Indiana?

Filing legal claims – A minor (child under age 18) cannot file a lawsuit in Indiana. This means that the childs parents will need to file a legal claim on behalf of the minor.

The age of consent here in Indiana is 16. That means that if youre 18 or older, you can get into serious legal trouble if youre accused of having sexual contact with someone younger than 16.

Do you have to be a certain age to sue?

You can sue emancipated minors, that is, people under 18 who are legally treated as adults. Although it is legal to sue minors for injuring you or damaging your property, its rarely worthwhile, because most are broke and therefore cant pay the judgment. (There are exceptions, of course.)

Indiana does not set an age for the eligibility of emancipation. Until a minor reaches that age, parents are financially and legally responsible for them. However, in some cases, a minor may wish to leave the home before attaining the age of automatic emancipation.

Can I be sued for something I did as a child?

The answer is: “Yes.” It is true that parents are not typically held liable based on direct negligence or statutory violation for their childrens mistakes or misconduct. Also, parents are not automatically liable for their kids negligence which causes injury to others.

Can you sue for incompetence?

In California, a party must have “capacity” to prosecute or defend a civil lawsuit. A party who lacks the requisite capacity may be deemed “incompetent” by the court and a guardian ad litem may be appointed to represent him or her in the litigation.

Can a child be sued for battery?

Almost every state makes parents responsible to some extent, financially, for injuries caused by their children. For example, the child can be sued for battery, and the parent for negligent supervision.

Can a child commit a tort?

A minor is responsible for his or her own torts. However, the court will often apply a more lenient standard. In determining tort liability for children, there are special rules, usually based on the age of the minor. Under age 7: A child could not be negligent.

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