Question: What is the age of consent in West Virginia?

In West Virginia, the age of consent for sexual conduct is 16. The age of consent is gender neutral and applies the same to both heterosexual and homosexual conduct.

Can a 20 year old date a 16 year old in WV?

In West Virginia, it is illegal for an adult (someone 18 or older) to have sex with a minor who is younger than 16, even if the sex is consensual.

Can you move out at 16 in WV?

In West Virginia, a minor who is between 16 and 18 years old may file a Petition for Emancipation. The minor must be a resident of West Virginia. A minor over the age of 16 who gets married is automatically emancipated and does not need to file a Petition.

In West Virginia, a minor who is between 16 and 18 years old may file a Petition for Emancipation. A minor over the age of 16 who gets married is automatically emancipated and does not need to file a Petition.

If you are a minor in Virginia, you must reach 16 before you are allowed to move out. You still need your parents consent since, being a minor, they have the right to force you back home. You must be 18 years old to move out without parental consent.

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