If I’m 36 and dating a 17 year old, can the mother get a restraining order against me which prevents me from seeing him?

The age of consent is 16. We have committed to each other and want to be together.

Asked on September 16, 2012 under Criminal Law, West Virginia


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country so long as you are a minor (under the age of 18 years), your mother has the legal right to seek a restraining order against the adult that you are seeing. The almost 20 year age difference between you a minor and the person you are dating who is an adult is a big difference where your mother should be concerned for your general welfare. Likewise she can get a retraining order against you as well from seeing the person you are seeing under the laws of all states in this country.

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