Youth Law Project

The Pegasus Youth Law Project provides advocacy and legal representation to youth through age 19 who are: homeless or have run away, pregnant or parenting, need access to education, health or mental health care, and/or are transitioning from foster care.

Pegasus does not serve parents over age 19 in family law matters.

Getting Your Identity Documents
Identity documents are the important documents every person needs in order to be able to establish essential information about themselves such as their name, date of birth, and citizenship. Read More.

Getting a Job
Information about the minimum legal age to get a job in New Mexico, some information about what is needed to get a job and how you have to balance your time at work with your time at school can be found here.

Getting Emancipated
Information about what emancipation means, the different ways you can become an emancipated minor, and what effect emancipation has on your legal rights can be found here.

Getting Into School on Your Own
Information on the rights of unaccompanied youth to access education can be found here. Unaccompanied youth have special rights to access education under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.

Consent to Healthcare
Information explaining when youth under age 18 have the right to consent to healthcare treatment and when their healthcare information can and cannot be kept confidential can be found here.

Mental Health Rights
Information regarding when a person under 18 years of age can consent to mental health treatment and what rights they have to keep their mental health information confidential can be found here.

Child Custody and Timesharing
Information about the rights of unmarried parents to custody and timesharing of their child can be found here.

Paternity
Information about the meaning of paternity, why it is important, and how a person can establish themselves as the legal father of a child can be found here.

Child Support
Information about establishing child support, enforcing child support, and calculating child support can be found here.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) is a federal program that provides financial assistance for families in need. In New Mexico, the name of this program is NM Works. Information about TANF can be found here.

DISCLAIMER: This website is provided for informational purposes only. Nothing on this website shall be construed as legal advice nor does the information provided constitute the formation of a lawyer/client relationship. We take no responsibility for errors.