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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.

The following chart highlights the basics of Michigan legal ages laws. See Minors and the Law and Parental Liability Basics for additional information.

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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