In Arkansas, it is illegal for an adult (someone 18 or older) to have sex with a minor (someone 14 or younger), even if the sex is consensual. Those who break the law have committed statutory rape.
What is the legal age in Arkansas?
As in most states, the age of majority in Arkansas is 18; however, a child as young as 16 may petition the court for emancipation (see below for more details about emancipation). Minors may file a lawsuit with the assistance of a next friend (court appointment) or guardian (parent or legal guardian).
What rights do I have at 16 in Arkansas?
If you are emancipated, you can do some things without your parents permission, like: Get medical care; ❑ Apply for a work permit; ❑ Sign up for school or college; ❑ Live where you want to; ❑ Receive your own survivor or disability check; and ❑ Sign up for housing benefits. also applies to your legal guardian.
Can a 16 year old own a car in Arkansas?
A minor typically cannot own property, his or her parents technically own that property until the child becomes an adult. This means that a minor can void a contract, which makes car dealers and insurance companies wary of doing business with someone under 18 years of age.
Can I leave home at 16 without my parents consent?
When can I leave home? You can leave home without your parents or guardians consent at the age of 16. If your parents are worried, they can apply to the Family Court to put you under the guardianship of the Court where the Court can make major decisions for you until you are 18.