How to Begin
To begin a proceeding for emancipation, you (the petitioner) must be at least 16 years of age. Complete the Petition for Emancipation, form PC 100, and file it with the circuit court in the county where you live. To rescind (cancel) an order of emancipation, either the minor or a parent of the emancipated minor can complete and file the Petition to Rescind Order of Emancipation, form PC 102. The cost of filing either petition is $150.00.
Petition for Emancipation
You are required to read the laws about emancipation in the Status of Minors and Child Support Act, MCL 722.1 through 722.6 before you sign the petition part of the form. You must also attach a copy of your birth certificate to the petition.
The affidavit part of the form must be completed by one of the following individuals who has personal knowledge of your circumstances and believes that under those circumstances emancipation is in your best interests: a physician, nurse, member of the clergy, psychologist, family therapist, certified social worker, social worker, social work technician, school administrator, school counselor, teacher, law enforcement officer, or regulated child care provider.
Issuing a Summons
The court must issue a summons commanding the parent(s) or guardian of a minor to appear at a hearing on a petition. The court will schedule the time and place for the hearing when you file the petition and will "issue" the summons by dating and signing it.