Laws on dating minors

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Even though you may not be a teenager anymore, you once were a teenager and are able to recognize the difficulty that comes with that period in life.

Most teenagers experience intense emotions, rampant hormones, and according to recent scientific studies – a reduced ability to make reasonable decisions due to an underdeveloped brain.

Dear Reader, We've received more questions about statutory rape concerning age-gap distinctions, so I'll try to answer what I didn't cover in the previous article on statutory rape. Dear Panel, If a minor has sex with a minor – for example: a 17 year guy having sex with a 17 year old girl – is that statutory rape since they are both of "legal" age to have sex?

– Ashley female, age 17, USA Dear Ashley, If both people having consensual sex are the same age, it's not statutory rape.

DERIVATION TABLE Showing the sections in former Chapter 7, Title 20 from which the sections in this article were derived. (A) Any able-bodied person capable of earning a livelihood who shall, without just cause or excuse, abandon or fail to provide reasonable support to his or her spouse or to his or her minor unmarried legitimate or illegitimate child dependent upon him or her shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be imprisoned for a term of not exceeding one year or be fined not less than three hundred dollars nor more than one thousand five hundred dollars, or both, in the discretion of the circuit court.

New Section Former Section 63-5-10 20-7-40 63-5-20 20-7-90 63-5-30 20-7-100 63-5-40 20-7-97 63-5-50 20-7-95 63-5-60 20-7-8930 63-5-70 20-7-50 63-5-80 20-7-70 Spousal and child support. A husband or wife abandoned by his or her spouse is not liable for the support of the abandoning spouse until such spouse offers to return unless the misconduct of the husband or wife justified the abandonment. DERIVATION TABLE Showing the sections in former Chapter 7, Title 20 from which the sections in this article were derived.

As used in this section "reasonable support" means an amount of financial assistance which, when combined with the support the member is reasonably capable of providing for himself or herself, will provide a living standard for the member substantially equal to that of the person owing the duty to support. (B) Any person who fails to receive the support required by this section may petition to a circuit court of competent jurisdiction for a rule to show cause why the obligated person should not be required to provide such support and after proper service and hearing the circuit court shall in all appropriate cases order such support to be paid. Health services to minors without parental consent. In this article, unless the context otherwise requires: (1) "Adult" is a person who has attained the age of twenty-one years.

But it may be confusing to some people about the term "minor" and the concept of when it is "legal" to have sex. I read that as long as there is no more than 3 years' difference, it is legal. – Confused female, age 16, USA Dear Confused, It is illegal to have sex with him, because the age of consent in California is 18.

"Age of consent" and "age of majority" are sometimes legally distinct, depending on where you live: Dear Panel, I am 16 and I am dating an 18 year old. If someone were to press charges against him for statutory rape, the two years' age difference would make him guilty of a misdemeanor, which carries lesser penalties than If he were three years older, when it would be a felony.

Anyone can press charges against you for statutory rape in California, because she will still be younger than 18.

If you are convicted, however, California law will count it as a misdemeanor, and not a felony, because you are less than three years older than she is.

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