Philadelphia, PA asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Ohio

Q: Can I legally leave my 5 and 8yr old home alone for a short period? (OH)

For 1 1/2 hrs or less? Are there specific guidelines or codes for what is exeptable? They know safety rules and have a phone.

1 Lawyer Answer
Denise Rini
Denise Rini
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: There is no official age that children can be left alone, though it is my experience, depending on the jurisdiction, where the police will have the authority to determine if it rises to the level of child endangering. You may wish to err on the side of caution and not leave an 8-year old with a 5-year old, or contact your police station.

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