Legal Question in Family Law in Minnesota

Latchkey kids

In the state of Minnesota, at what age is it legal to leave a child home alone?

Asked on 10/06/07, 11:56 am

3 Answers from Attorneys

Michael Paul Cundy & Paul, L.L.C.

Re: Latchkey kids

It depends on the maturity of the child. Usually by 12, a child is mature enough to be home alone and even baby-sit younger children. However, every case is different and every County is different. Please contact me if you would like to discuss this matter further. We offer a free initial consulation.

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Answered on 10/12/07, 12:36 pm
Gerald Williams Williams Divorce and Family Law

Re: Latchkey kids

The suitable age to leave a child alone is different for different kids. If there is a dispute between the parents about this, then the parents would be well-served to obtain guidance from a family therapist, guardian ad litem or parenting consultant. If they have not been involved with a neutral professional previously, it may be appropriate to do so now.

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Answered on 10/07/07, 10:25 pm
Gerald Williams Williams Divorce and Family Law

Re: Latchkey kids

The suitable age to leave a child alone is different for different kids. If there is a dispute between the parents about this, then the parents would be well-served to obtain guidance from a family therapist, guardian ad litem or parenting consultant. If they have not been involved with a neutral professional previously, it may be appropriate to do so now. For more information, you can reach me at [email protected]

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Answered on 10/07/07, 11:32 pm


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