My daughter met a guy on the Internet and lied about her age. They had been talking for about 6 months when she told him the truth. Next month will make a year they have been talking and she just turned 16. His mother disapproves of their relationship. Every time he wants to move out she says she can have him locked up. They haven't had any sexual intercourse yet.
The 21-year-old's mother cannot have him locked up for any of that.
A person becomes an adult at 18, the age of majority in most states. Exceptions are Alabama & Nebraska (19), and District of Columbia & Mississippi (21). Until then they are a minor (child), and their parents pretty much control their life, including whom they date. After reaching the age of majority, the new adult can date anyone, leave home against their parent's wishes, live where they want, associate with anybody they wish, pay their own bills and bail themselves out of jail.
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