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Common law marriage in OR, like in several other states, has never been a recognized arrangement.While nothing prohibits a cohabiting couple from describing each other as husband and wife, no legal recognition for common law marriage in Oregon exists and couples will not have the protections of marriage regardless of how long they have cohabited or whether they have children.They had consentual sex throughout the relationship and got pregnant. But Texas has an "affirmative defense to prosecution" clause, tried in 1999, which may consider the act "not a criminal offense" because he is less than three years older than she is.They moved from Texas to Florida and tried living together but broke up. She can sue him, however, for damages caused by physical, mental and psycholgical distress from having to endure a sexual relationship, a pregnancy, a major move, and maybe motherhood, adoption, or abortion (you didn't specify what they did about her pregnancy) while being so young. When I was 18 years old I was dating a 14 year old and my mother told me that even if we were just dating it was considered statutory rape.His mother knew that we were dating and didn't care.We are both Christians and we do not believe in premarital sex.We just wanted a relationship that was strictly just spending time together and sharing our days.
Many cohabiting couples believe that their relationship qualifies as a common law marriage in OR.
I want to know if just dating him is illegal or if my mom was just trying to scare me because she didn't like the other guy. Confused in Kansas feamle, age 21, USA Dear Confused in Kansas, Dating (without sex) is legal regardless of your age. Your mother might have been scaring you because she is alarmed that you show a pattern of dating children when you're supposed to be an adult.
Dear Not Sure, Anyone can "be" with anyone else, regardless of age; it's a Constitutional right (known as "the right of the people peaceably to assemble") given to Americans in the First Amendment.
Although your case makes statutory rape laws seem arbitrary, a story from one of our readers illustrates why the law might protect someone underage from being exploited.
Dear Panel, My younger brother got involved in a serious relationship when he was 17. The relationship progressed and he (obviously) turned 18 and she 16. Scared Sister female, age 21, Texas, USA She or anyone else can press charges against him for statutory rape because the age of consent in Texas is 17.
I have read the penal codes and they are confusing so I thought I would ask you about it.