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Parent FYI: Teen Rights and Responsibilities

Parents would be well advised to consider the following list of teen rights and responsibilities. Michigan law defines these for teenagers once they turn 18 years of age.

Rights for teens are as follows:

-To vote
-To make a will and power of attorney
-To make their own end-of-life decisions
-To sign a contract in their own name
-To obtain medical treatment without parental consent
-To enlist in the armed forces without parental consent
-To be completely independent from parental control
-To apply for credit in their own name
-To be an organ donor
-To buy a lottery ticket

With these rights come  important responsibilities:

-You will be tried in adult criminal court rather than juvenile court
-Your parents are no longer required to support you
-You may be sued on contracts you sign
-You are eligible for jury duty
-All males must register with the Selective Service

Knowing what’s ahead can help you prepare your children to enjoy the privileges and handle the responsibilities that come with being considered an adult.

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