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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...]

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...]

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...]

To Spank or Not To Spank – Michigan Spanking

Inquiry:  Is spanking child abuse? Response:  It depends on your state. I live in Michigan and here, Michigan Compiled Law 750.136b of the … [Read more...]

Michigan 17-Year-Old Plans to Move to West Virginia Without Parental Consent

Inquiry: "My 17 year old girlfriend in Michigan is neglected and abused on a regular, nearly daily, basis. I live in West Virginia, would there be … [Read more...]

Michigan Teenager Plans to Move to Texas Without Parental Consent

I had an inquiry from a Michigan teenager wanting to move to Texas where her boyfriend lived. Texas does participate in the Interstate Compact for … [Read more...]