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Emancipation and Ages for Moving Out

What is the legal age to move out of your house in the state of Michigan?

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2007-05-31 17:20:00

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The parents of an

non-emancipated minor have the custody and control of such minor.

This means that the parents can legally decide where the minor

lives until the minor reaches the age of majority (usually 18) or

otherwise becomes emancipated.

If a minor moves

away from the home of his or her parents or legal guardians without

their permission, that minor can be picked up by authorities as a

runaway. Depending upon the state, there may be an evaluation stage

in which the situation is reviewed to insure that the individual is

not endangered by being returned to the home. Some states have

recognized that minors that are 16 or 17 are often considered

questionable as to their ability to leave home. Authorities may not

want to deal with minors in this age group and some states are

establishing legislation enforcing the age of majority and

eliminating any questions in the eyes of the law enforcement


Check with your

local laws for more specifics. If you are in an unsafe environment,

law enforcement personnel can put you in contact with the

appropriate agencies to obtain help.

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