Automatic Emancipation of Minors

A minor can be automatically emancipated under certain circumstances. Under these circumstances, the minor need not obtain a court order for emancipation. Generally the following will result in automatic emancipation:

• Marriage of the Minor
• Reaching the age of majority (generally 18)
• Joining the military

In Michigan, there is a provision for temporary emancipation when a minor is in police custody and requires emergency medical assistance. In such cases, the minor can consent to the medical assistance but once the medical treatment or care is completed, the temporary emancipation ends.

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