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Young people and the law - Consumer NZ
Married people and civil union partners are covered from the date of their marriage or civil union. If you were living as a de facto couple before your marriage or civil union, that time will be treated as if it were part of the marriage or civil union. In most cases, only people who have lived together in a de facto relationship for at least 3 years are covered unless there is a child involved or 1 partner has made a significant contribution to the relationship. The court will look at many things when deciding whether 2 people are in a de facto relationship, including:. It's a good idea to talk to a lawyer to find out if your relationship is covered. Back to top. This page was last updated:
Legal age guidelines
As kids get older, they want to know "when": But what does the law say? We summarise your child's legal rights and responsibilities as they get older, the ages of sexual consent, and where to go for more information. Until Aaron is 14, the only criminal offences he can be charged with are murder or manslaughter. But he can still be held to account for the theft.
Teenagers who have consensual sex between the age of 14 and 16 face longer maximum jail terms - of up to 10 years - following the Government's decision to drop the proposed similar-age defence. Youth in this age group don't have too much to worry about, however, as police are informed of very few such cases and seldom prosecute when they are. While to year-olds are technically covered as well, they are too young to be convicted of a sexual offence and sent to jail. Instead they could be sent to the Family Court, where various orders can be made against them.