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    What is the legal age for some to move out of their parents house? this is in michigan.

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    Re: Runaway

    Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Switchboard. You asked when it is legal for someone to move out of their house in your area in Michigan (to maintain your privacy, we edited out your county). While we are not legal experts here, we can share with you information from our resources. According to Alone without a Home: A State-by-State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Youth (2003), in Michigan a person is considered a minor until the age of 18. Furthermore, it reports that a runaway youth may be taken into police custody and then either be released to their legal guardian or, if appropriate, be brought to probate court. As you can see, however, this information was taken from a book published a few years ago. You may want to contact an expert in your area for more up to date information. You could try calling your local police station and asking what the laws are in your county (616-738-4000). Or, you might want to try calling a legal services office near you. We were able to find one near you and you can call them toll free at 1-800-681-8016.

    Are you thinking about leaving home? If so, would you like to share with us what is going on at home to make you want to leave? Do you have a plan for where you will stay or how you will survive? If you would like to talk this or about anything else, you can always call us 1-800-RUNAWAY. We are here 24/7 and are anonymous and confidential.

    We hope that this information is helpful and that the resources we listed are able to provide you with further details.

    Best of Luck
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