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What is the legal age for a sibling to watch their severly

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What is the legal age for a sibling to watch their severly handicapped brother while they live in Florida?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Attorney & Mediator replied 8 years ago.
Florida has no law which specifies an age where a child can stay home alone or in the supervision of another sibling. By law the parents remain legally responsible for their children's welfare so the law gives the parents the responsibility to decide whether their children are competent enough to be left home alone and able to handle any emergency situation. Any harm the child may get into will be the legal responsibility of the parent. This is why no specific age is set by law.

Below is how the Florida Eighth Judicial Circuit court has addressed this question.

At what age is it legal to leave a child home alone? There is no minimum age established by law. Whether a child can be left alone depends on a number of factors, including: the child's maturity; the safety of the environment they are in; how long they are left alone; whether or not they can get in touch with their parent or caregiver; and whether or not they know what to do in case of an emergency. Leaving a child alone can constitute neglect on the part of a parent or caregiver if the child could be in any danger of harm.





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