My 16 year old step daughter is dating a 40 year old man. Do I have any legal rights to interfere. I'm in New Zealand.

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Customer: My 16 year old step daughter is dating a 40 year old man. Do I have any legal rights to interfere. I'm in New Zealand
JA: What steps have they taken? Have they filed any papers in New Zealand family court?
Customer: No. He has just moved in with her and her Dad is concerned about him being so old. (Sorry she is 17)
JA: Have they talked to a lawyer about this yet?
Customer: No
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
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At age 17 she is almost an adult in legal terms. Once she is 18 she will have full adult rights. However if you are concerned about the relationship at her present age you could try to intervene on the basis she is young and vulnerable and still in need of care and protection. But unless she is perhaps very naive or not fully able to understand that would be difficult
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