Our purpose is the sharing of information, the raising of awareness, the advocacy for change. The law deems that anyone who is a minor (under the age of 18), is INCAPABLE of giving consent.Named for the fated lovers in William Shakespeare's play, the "Romeo and Juliet" Law is an attempt to define and separate the consensual acts of teens in the context of loving relationships from violent and predatory sex offenders. It doesn't matter if one has the "blessings" of one, or even both sets of parents to continue an underage relationship. It does not even have to be a parent who goes to the police with the initial "tip".While the general age of consent is now set between 16 and 18 in all U. states, the age of consent has widely varied across the country in the past.
The brief table below outlines the basics of California's marriage age requirement.
See Marriage Requirements Basics: Consent, Age, and Capacity for more information, and check Find Law's extensive Marriage Law section for more articles and resources covering a wide variety of topics.
A minor can obtain emancipation from his/her parents or legal guardians by getting married, joining the military or obtaining a court’s permission.
However, the minor must notify his/her parents or legal guardians that a petition for emancipation has been filed or explain to the court why he/she does not want to notify them.
In the United States, age of consent laws regarding sexual activity are made at the state level.