I am a 14 year old female dating a 16 year old male. I am turning 15 on April 11, he is turning 17 on Novemeber 17, I live in the state of PA and as far as I have looked into it our relationship is legal. He thought otherwise, now we are broken up. Would i be able to be with him again without it being illegal or violating any regulations?
"Dating," meaning, going out together to parties, dinners, movies, etc. and being viewed socially as a "couple" is not illegal. Having sexual contact, including intercourse, when one or both persons in the relationship are below the age of consent, is illegal, and can be very dangerous. According to some very quick research, the age of consent in Pennsylvania is 16. Until you reach the age of 16, you cannot legally consent to sexual intercourse. Even if you are over the age of 16, your partner could still have problems until you reach your 18th birthday.
I don't practice law in Pennsylvania, and I will defer to my Pennsylvania colleagues for more detailed advice about this issue, but I will make the following observations. At 14, you are too young to be involved in any kind of sexual relationship, and in most romantic relationships. It sounds to me like your male friend was wise to end the "dating" between the two of you. The risk of problems for the both of you is simply too great. I know that this is hard to hear, but I think you should wait until you are older (at least 16) before engaging in a "relationship" that involves sexual activity. Be careful. Good luck to you.
The response I have provided is general in nature, and does not create an attorney-client relationship. My practice is based in Rhode Island, and the law and practice in other states or jurisdictions may be different.
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