There is no law regarding the appropriate age for a child to be left home alone, according to FindLaw. There are, however, general guidelines that parents should follow. Each case is different due to the maturity level of the child in question.
According to FindLaw, children under 7 should never be left alone. Children 8 to 10 years of age can be left home alone for up to an hour and a half, but only during daylight or early evening hours. Children ages 11 to 12 can be left home alone for up to 3 hours. Teens over 16 can be left home alone overnight.Learn More
According to the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School, a child is legally able to move out of his parents' home at the age of majority, which is 18 in most states. In some states, the age of majority is 19.Full Answer >
New Jersey law does not give a specific minimum age at which children may be left home alone. However, New Jersey statute 9:6-8.21 is applicable to abuse and neglect if a child under 18 has been endangered when left home alone.Full Answer >
There is not a magic age where a child can choose which parent to live with as children are not considered to have a "legal right to choose." An older child will be given more consideration from a judge, but there is no specific age limitations.Full Answer >
When it comes to children and custodial issues before family court there is no "magical age," says family law attorney Jeanne M. Hannah. As far as the courts are concerned, children are defined as legal incompetents who don't have the ability to make sound legal choices. The court does, however, take into account any statements children make in regard to living preferences.Full Answer >