As their tagline says, "Experts answer what they know. The Non-Expert answers anything." So, when a The Morning News reader asked whether it's okay to date a relative, Erik Bryan and Jennifer Daniel created a flowchart to help answer the question that's on everyone's mind at one point in time or another: can we date?
Degree of relation determines the acceptability of relationships. Like, even if you’re not related by blood to someone, there are, as I reckon, about three levels of relations that should be considered when deciding who you can date: “personal,” “professional,” and “other.” Of course a lot of that “other” is going to be concerned with instances, like, say you’re at a kegger and you meet a Japanese foreign exchange student and you’re both really drunk. Obviously you wouldn’t need our advice to know that there’s practically a frat’s-worth of third base coaches waving you in. The following flowchart, then, is intended specifically for cases like your own, where the higher degrees of relation come into play and the other cases are more problematic. Commence flowchart!