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Age Gap Relationships: Are They Ever OK?

I don’t know what state you live in, but in mine , this is bordering on illegal, especially if they have any kind of romantic or sexual contact. Advice here is for informational purposes only and should not be considered final or official advice. See a local lawyer for the best answer to your questions. We beat criminal charges and walked away with highway traffic act charges. As of 2008 the age of consent for sexual activity is 16 years. Verywell Family uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles.

This means that as long as someone is 16 years old and the sexual activity is consensual, there is no criminal liability.So, for example, a 14 year old can have sex with someone up to 18 years old . Even if the 22-year-old kissed the 17-year-old without their consent, it’s still not illegal. While non-consensual sex between the two would result in a law case, this is not the same.

Can a 16 year old date a 21 year old in Canada?

Make sure you are someone she can turn to for anything, without any judgement. Even if it’s something embarrassing or something she feels she might get in trouble for, she has to be able to trust you. There is a good chance that she will try drinking, drugs, sex, etc, but that’s likely to happen inevitably anyway, she’s growing up and experiencing new people and things.

What If The Parents Are Okay With It?

Anyone who has sexual intercourse, or a sexual relationship, with someone else under the legal age of consent can be charged with a crime. The only exception is if the sexual partners were lawfully married. In other words, a person over the age of 18 is not guilty of a crime for having sexual relations with a minor if there is a small age difference between the two people.

He is a member in good-standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada, Criminal Lawyers’ Association and Toronto Lawyers Association. The penalties for these offences include mandatory minimum periods of imprisonment and vary up to a maximum of 14 years imprisonment. The penalties for these offences include mandatory minimum periods of imprisonment and vary up to a maximum of 10 years imprisonment.

People Are Arguing Over Whether It’s OK For A 30-Year-Old To Date A 19-Year-Old, And It’s Very Controversial

«Adolescents this age also are expected to gain weight as well as experience a redistribution of fat patterns.» ​However, when it comes to communicating, for the most part, 16-year-olds are able to communicate like adults. In school, they can understand both concrete and abstract thoughts, fully understand punctuation and grammatical rules, and write and read sentences with complex structures.

In Canada, there are no laws governing who and how old a 14 year old can date. However, there are laws and regulations related to sexual activity and when it involves a person who is underage. The age of consent in Canada is 16, meaning that anyone under the age of 16 cannot legally consent to any sexual activity. As a 19 year old college sophomore, the idea of dating a 16 year old icks me out; not because of the actual chronological age gap but because we would be in such different stages of life. I think that it would be hard to have an equal relationship when I’m an adult who lives on my own dating someone who is in high school and may not even have a drivers license.

Eliminate the touchy-feely stuff about age being “just a number.” That is what people say to justify behavior that they know is problematic. The late Anthony Quinn was 81 when he impregnated a 19-year-old. The late Tony Randall was 75 when he married his 24-year-old wife. Playboy founder Hugh Heffner has several girlfriends, most of them half a century his junior.

Keep in mind that consent laws vary between states; OP didn’t say where they are, but in my home state this relationship would have been legal even if they were having sex. So I would probably handle this by saying that they have to start off being extra wholesome in order to avoid the predatory creeper image. Which means lots of family contact, and perhaps a bit less initial freedom than might be granted a peer relationship.

No, he is the only person I am completely comfortable with. I live on my own, that’s my escape from my family. He’s okay with it because he doesn’t see it as me being a young person, he just sees me as a person trying to succeed in life. I think having known each other for a long while now, really both of us don’t think about the age gap.