When your teen wants to date someone significantly older or younger, dating becomes especially complicated. You and your teen need to be aware of your state's laws and consider the risks inherent in teens dating outside of their age group. Most importantly, you need to be able to come up with enforceable rules and limits that work for your family. There are no laws regulating who can date whom in the United States. As long as the parents of minor children don't object and no sexual contact of any sort occurs, teens can date anyone of any age. The laws regarding sexual conduct vary in several respects.
Dating is a fairly recent phenomenon. What most people in Western societies would call dating did not come into existence until the middle of the 20th Century. In the United States, there are generally no laws which specifically set age limits on dating. Rather, pertinent laws mainly focus on two issues indirectly related to dating: curfew and unlawful sexual contact. In the latter instance, an individual can get into trouble with the law even if both parties consent. Curfew laws are intended to prevent young people from being outside the home without parental or other adult supervision under most circumstances during the late evening and early morning hours.