Can I get a tattoo at age 17 with only one of my parents’ consent if they are divorced?

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Can I get a tattoo at age 17 with only one of my parents’ consent if they are divorced?

Hi, so my parents are divorced and my mom is my primary guardian, but they have
shared custody. I would like to get a tattoo, but I am only 17 this is a well
thought out decision, my dad and I have talked it over many times, so I would
need permission from my parents. Is it enough to only receive consent from my dad
and not my mom? Thank you

Asked on June 5, 2019 under Family Law, Indiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

As a general matter, a minor only needs one parent's consent for a tatoo (or pretty much anything--e.g. travel). The divorce would not change that unless there is something in the divorce decree or settlement which could be read or interpreted as requiring your father's consent (e.g. dual consent to a "medical procedure"--while not technically a medical procedure, since it does involve a permanent body modification, an argument can be made that if the consent are both are required for something involving your health or body, that would extend to tatoos).


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