My 15 year old son wants to know if there is any legal paper he can have I sign so he can date an 18 years
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To focus on your specific question, yes. An agreement can be made between the 2 parties (not by the parents). But the agreement is just a piece of paper with no legal effect. More importantly, the ages of the baby daddy and baby momma are within a close enough range (4 years or less) and the younger of the pair is older than 13 years old. New Jersey distinguishes sexual assault (rape) with ages of the parties and includes a Romeo and Juliet exemption for those who are within a certain age range but one is under the age of consent. The age of consent is 16 in NJ with regard to sexual relationships. A person ages 13-16 may be in a sexual relationship with an adult (18 years or older) provided there is not more than 4 years difference in their ages. A 19 year old may be in a sexual relationship with a 15 year old in NJ.
A sexual relationship could lead to charge of statutory rape as he is below the age of consent. Depending on the age and relationship with the girl.
I am looking at it from the other way around. What rights do the parents of the girl have to tell their adult (over 18 year old) child that she cannot date anyone she wants? I suppose they could kick their adult child out of the house and tell her she is on her own. Bottom line - I am not sure this brings into question any legal issue involving the parents of the baby because this adult mother can do whatever she wants from a legal standpoint. And after all, they share a child now. A lot of other issues need to be unpacked here in the best interests of that child. It seems that the grandparents ought to be dealing with that rather than whether or not their children are dating. It seems that that proverbial horse has left the barn.
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