In the state of Texas, all individuals are considered to be minors until they reach the age of 18. Being a minor comes with certain restrictions, which are legally known as disabilities. The most obvious of these restrictions is the inability to enter into a contract, which prevents a minor from opening financial accounts, taking on debt, signing a lease and a whole host of basic life functions. Minors are also unable to make their own decisions with regard to education and health care.
When a minor is properly cared for by a parent or guardian, these disabilities may not matter. However, there are some instances when a minor may feel that they would be better served if they were released from their disabilities and could make the same legal and financial decisions as any adult. For instance, after a parental divorce, minor children may feel that they're better off making their own decisions rather than relying on either of their parents. To do this, the minor would simply need to petition for their release from minor disabilities in court.