Q: Can 17 year olds legally leave home and stay with someone else in the state of Michigan?
A: Under Michigan Law a Parent is required to provide for the financial needs of a child until they reach the age of 18, and potentially longer if that child has not graduated from high school yet. This requirement continues whether the child is living in your home or that of another. There is also additional responsibilities of a parent with respect to the child that continues as well such as school attendance.
There are two common ways to allow a child to live with another:
1. The child could be emancipated by the court, but very specific requirements must be met. This option would end the financial responsibilities of the parents as well.
2. A parent legally transfer authority to make major decisions as to health care, school, etc of the child to another via a Power of Attorney for up to 6 months. However, this does not eliminate the financial responsibility of a parent.
A 17 year old could seek emancipation outside of the parents wishes and desires. The parents would be entitled to notice and be able to participate in that process whether in support or against.
There are potentially other concerns that may exist in your situation that are not apparent from your question. You should seek out an attorney for more specific advice. Wood & Associates, PLLC is able to help with these matters as well.
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