Divorced father with 100 % physical yet shared custody and 16 year old son who turns 17 in June states his aunt in texas claims that at 17 he can just move to Texas without parental permission.
Step 1 - Ask aunt in Texas which law school she graduated from.
Step 2 - If aunt in Texas didn't go to law school, disregard all legal advice from aunt.
Step 3 - If aunt in Texas graduated from law school, ask her when she passed the Michigan Bar Exam.
Step 4 - If aunt in Texas didn't pass the Michigan Bar Exam, she can't give legal advice about Michigan law.
Step 5 - Michigan law stays that people under age 18 are children and cannot make adult decisions like this.
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I was going to post the same response about the aunt.
The first response is correct.
The easily searched Michigan statute suggests age 14. Mich. Comp. Laws § 750.350
If the Mother were involved in causing the aunt to entice the child to leave Michigan, then it could be 18.
If you were the one doing the enticing, I would suggest you talk with a lawyer before you do. If you intend on preventing your son from moving, I suggest you seek both a lawyer and a counselor. At age 17, forcing your will on his may be merely a recipe for disaster. At best, you win for a year; at worst you lose for a lifetime. I am personally aware of a mother who attempted to force her will on her son under circumstances like this when he was a minor, and he has not had contact with her of any kind in going on 6 years now. It appears unlikely that they will be able to repair that rift.
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