Michigan Legal Ages Laws
The "age of majority" -- the age at which an individual is legally considered an adult -- is 18 in most states, including Michigan. For those younger than 18, legal age laws dictate certain rights and responsibilities of minors. For instance, Michigan's legal ages laws state that a 14-year-old may file a lawsuit, while a child 16 or older may be emancipated by judicial order.
|Age of Majority||18 (722.1(a))|
|Eligibility for Emancipation||Through marriage, military service, or by judicial petition at age 16 (722.4 et seq.)|
|Contracts by Minors||For necessities only (common law, §600.1403)|
|Minors' Ability to Sue||By next friend or guardian of estate; if age 14 or over, can select own (Mich. Court Rules Rule 2.201 (E))|
|Minors' Consent to Medical Treatment||If pregnant (§333.9132); HIV or venereal disease treatment (§333.5127); substance abuse treatment (§333.6121)|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Michigan family law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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