Should Parents Sign Waiver Forms For Teenage Parties?

March 1, 2021

Meta: Many parents may have been asked to sign a waiver form before their teenager can attend a party. Read on to find out more about its legality.


An increasing number of parents have found themselves being asked to sign liability waivers before their teenager can attend a party. When this comes from a facility or event organizer, it can even be expected. However, if the party is being held at a home, the parents of the hosting teenager can require parents of all guests to sign a liability waiver. While you may not want your child to be the only one left out of an event, receiving an email that says “Release of Liability” can be a little intimidating when coming from another parent. 

We share more with you about waiver forms for teenage parties in this article. 

Terms of Teenage Party Waiver Forms

Very often, such a liability waiver will include a clause where the hosting parents will not be held liable should a child get injured, or if one child causes injury to another. Understandably, some accidents may occur when you get a bunch of teenagers together. It can also include rules that guests are supposed to adhere to when at the party, such as no smoking or alcoholic drinks. In addition, information on pickup times and more may be stipulated on the form.

Some forms can more closely resemble an “agreement to participate” form, where parents are informed of the expectations of the hosting parents as well as potential risks they will not take responsibility for. 

Legal Validity

Parents who have signed a liability waiver for a teenage party may wonder what will happen if their child gets injured at the party. Does the waiver mean that they cannot hold the hosting parents responsible for the injury? While it is always best to seek legal guidance if you find yourself in this situation, many lawyers have agreed that such a liability waiver is unlikely to hold up in court.

However, do not be so quick to dismiss the usefulness of a waiver form. It can be an opening for parents to have a conversation with their teenager about safe and appropriate behavior, particularly when a guest in someone else’s home. Important do’s and don’t’s surrounding drugs, alcohol and sex can be brought up and the presence of a liability waiver can remind your teenager that their actions could result in more serious consequences. 

WaiverFile Provides Customer Support for Online Waivers

Is your facility hosting a party for teenagers, or are you organizing an event? If so, you will know that drafting a liability waiver is absolutely essential. When you work with us at WaiverFile for online waiver forms, you can be assured that we are as committed to customer support as we are to our software. Whether you require help with configuring your waiver or would like some tips on how to explain one to your customers, we are here for you. 

If you need help with a liability waiver for a teenage party or any other event, please feel free to contact us today.


Disclaimer: The content on this site is not legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established. To ensure your online consent form is legally binding based on your location, industry, and specific circumstances, consult a legal professional in your area.

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