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NSW Children Left Before and After School - Family Law Issues?

Discussion in 'Family Law Forum' started by ForATime, 22 July 2015.

  1. ForATime

    ForATime Well-Known Member

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    What is the law (family law?) about children before and after school left alone? "Latch key kids"

    Age appropriate?

    Tips?
     
  2. AllForHer

    AllForHer Well-Known Member

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    There is no specific law stipulating an age at which it is acceptable to leave a child home alone, and thus, it is not illegal to do so. Some states, including NSW I believe, will hold people guilty of a misdemeanour if found to have left a child home alone for an 'unreasonable' length of time.
     
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    ForATime Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Allforher.

    Do you know of any reference to the definition of that unreasonable time?

    For example, would 1-2hrs be unreasonable for a high schooler?
     
  4. AllForHer

    AllForHer Well-Known Member

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    The definition of reasonable is determined by a subjective 'reasonable person' test, that is, "What would a reasonable person of sound mind and average intelligence do?"

    I would say that a child of high-school age being home alone for two hours is reasonable.
     
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