I am a 16 year old female and I was wondering if it is illegal to be in a relationship with a 21 year old male. We've known each for a few years and haven't been together because of the five year age gap, but I just wanted to know if it's okay (being together).
The law doesn't care about age if you are dating in the old-fashioned "let's go to the malt shop," or "will you go to the prom with me" sense. The LAW only cares that if there is SEXUAL ACTIVITY involved, that both parties are old enough to give consent LEGALLY.
In Indiana, the legal age of consent for sexual activity is 16. A person who is at least 16 can participate in whatever kind of LEGAL sexual activity (i.e., not prostitution or child pornography) he or she wants to, unless the older person is a teacher, coach, mentor, or some other person in a "position of trust." In that case, the younger person must be at least 18.
Keep in mind, though, that just because something is LEGAL, that doesn't automatically mean it's a good idea. There are still a lot of ways that DON'T involve the law that you and your partner can get in trouble, so you need to "choose wisely."
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, and we've never met, so I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.
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