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17-year-old Runaways: Not “Adults”, Not “Juveniles”, And Not “Children” – Michigan Law Leaves Parents Helpless

Wow, this is really interesting how Michigan laws treat 17-year-old runaways. They are not an "adult", not a "juvenile" and also not a "child" under … [Read more...]

Medical Treatment of Pregnant Minor

Inquiry: Hello, I have a very urgent question regarding medical treatment of pregnant minor that I need answered as soon as possible. If a … [Read more...]

Waiver of Jurisdiction in Juvenile Court – Don’t be Tried as an Adult

A prosecutor in a juvenile criminal matter, may motion the juvenile court to waive jurisdiction over a juvenile age 14, 15, or 16, thereby handing … [Read more...]

Runaway to Iowa

Inquiry: "Hi, my girlfriend is 17. She feels like her parents mistreat her (and I agree) and are not allowing her to leave. My parents and I want her … [Read more...]

Georgia Runaway Law – Especially with Regard to 17-year-olds

A Georgia 17-year-old could leave home but they may have to answer why if there is an allegation that they are a "deprived child" or a … [Read more...]

Michigan Foster Care and 17-year-olds

The Children's Foster Care Services Program in Michigan provides placement and supervision of children who are temporary or permanent court or state … [Read more...]

Florida Runaways

Florida's law prohibiting runaways to get help is illegal because the language is not clear in that it conflicts with itself. On the one hand, it … [Read more...]

Are you a Minor who needs to talk to someone? You can see a psychologist or social worker without your parents knowing.

The Michigan Mental Health Code provides in section 330.1707 that mental health professionals may treat minor children who are at least age 14 without … [Read more...]

Michigan Runaways

Can a 16 year old leave home without permission? No. If the individual is under age 18, they are a “minor”. MCL 722.1. The age of majority in Michigan … [Read more...]

Minor Becomes Her Own Social Security Disability Payee

This is a follow-up from a minor receiving disability who inquired of LawRefs about changing the payee of her benefits. Thank you for taking the time … [Read more...]