At What Age Can A Minor Child Stay Home Alone?

divorce lawyer Andrea JohnsonQuestion:

At what age can a minor child stay home alone without supervision?


I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Georgia child custody laws where I am licensed to practice.

There is no legislation where I practice that states what an appropriate age is. That is something that should be determined on a case-by-case basis.

In looking to my state’s family law statutes it has been acknowledged that the appropriate age varies from child to child.

However, as a guideline, it is generally considered appropriate for children between the ages of 9 and 12 to be at home alone for short periods of time and for children ages 13 and older to serve as babysitters for younger children.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with divorce lawyers for men in your jurisdiction.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Atlanta Divorce Lawyer Andrea Johnson, please contact Cordell & Cordell.

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One comment on “At What Age Can A Minor Child Stay Home Alone?

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    We can’t pinpoint the age when it is to leave kids’ home alone. There are so many variable reason parents need to consider when leaving kids alone. Parents should need to consider the maturity level of their children, how far they will be going while they are out, the type of neighborhood they live in, and so much more. There are some young children that can be trusted and some are not, it depends how they are trained by their parents to be responsible enough to take care of their siblings. What’s the most important is that parents should also evaluate their children if they are capable of leaving or not and set a solid list of rules to followed by them. I have 2 kids ages 7 and 9 and I used to leave them home alone most of the time because I trained them to be responsible when they are alone. I also provided them a cell-phone based application for safety and protection from safekidzone. Just pressing a button they can notify and alert friends, family and myself. If needed, the call will be routed to the nearest 911 dispatch. We can do better by protecting our children. Check this out:

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