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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Sexual Harassment and Small Claims for Iowa on
Q: If I'm a 15 year old girl and a lesbian can I date a 17 year old who is about to be 18 ?
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Nicholas Hay answered on Sep 8, 2016

Yes. If you are 15 years old, then any sexual act between you and someone who is less than 4 years older is legal. Since you are 15, you would be able to date an 18 year old. In Iowa, the age of consent is 16, but if you are 14 or 15, then a sex act is a felony if the other person is 4 years or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Iowa on
Q: If my niece been adopted but now want to be with her real family how do I go about getting custody.

My niece has gotten a hold of us and has been asking if I can get custody of her. The adopted family does not want her anymore. I need some type of advice on what can I do to get custody of her. Her dad used to have custody of but lost her she is 16 year old and can make her own decision. Please... Read more »

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Nicholas Hay answered on Aug 12, 2016

Your options are few and very difficult to achieve. You could attempt to establish a guardianship in Iowa if that is where she is living. Her parents would have to consent to the guardianship if you can't prove that they are unfit. Even though she is 16 it doesn't mean she gets to pick where she... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Communications Law and Juvenile Law for Iowa on
Q: If I am 16 and want to hangout with a guy that is 4 years and 8 months older than me can my parents call the cops on him

Can he go to jail for talking to me when I'm 16 and he's 20

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Nicholas Hay answered on Aug 12, 2016

Not likely, as long as you two are not doing anything illegal including him having you out past a city or town curfew, and your parents tell you that you can't leave the house but you do to go hang out with him, it is unlikely he gets arrested for you two simply being in the same vicinity of each... Read more »

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