Legal dating age chart

You can see that men are basically operating by the rule for minimum age preferences for marital relationships (blue bars) and serious dating relationships (yellow bars).Those age preferences consistently hover around the values denoted by the rule (the black line).

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When this question comes up in conversation, someone inevitably cites the “half your age plus seven” rule.

This rules states that by dividing your own age by two and then adding seven you can find the age boundary: Take your age, subtract 7, and double it.

People reported distinct age preferences for marriage; a serious relationship; falling in love; casual sex; and sexual fantasies. Based on the figures Buunk and colleagues (2000) provided (and thus the numbers are only informed approximations), I replotted their data superimposing the max and min age ranges defined by the half-your-age-plus-7 rule.

Now we can see how well the rule corresponds with people’s reported acceptable ages.

Though most states have similar age limits for voting, marrying, consuming alcohol, some can vary.

These variations often reflect differences in community and societal values regarding minors’ ability to make responsible decisions.

Men’s preferred partner age: The rule states that you can calculate maximum acceptable partner ages by subtracting seven from your own age and multiplying it by 2.

Figure 2 clearly shows that the rule’s max-age guidelines for men do reflect real-world preferences.

” Kids: “Not fast enough.” Of all the things parents and their children disagree on, probably the most contentious is how old is “old enough.” Old Dominion’s legal system, on the other hand, is pretty definitive when separating minors and adults.

This is a brief summary of legal age laws in Virginia.

If you would like legal assistance, you can contact a Virginia family law attorney in your area to schedule a consultation.

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