UPDATED: February 20, 2013
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Kansas marriage laws require couples to obtain a valid Kansas marriage license before getting married. The specifics of such marriage licenses are set forth below, including the law on parental consent for minors. Kansas also recognizes common law marriages, one of the few states that still does. Read on for more information on what constitutes a common law marriage in Kansas.
Kansas Marriage Consent Laws
- With Parental Consent: Any minor between 15 and 17 must provide written, notarized consent of both parents, or consent of one parent as well as the approval of a district court judge. 15 is the minimum age requirement to get married in Kansas.
- Without Parental Consent: Adults 18 and older may marry in Kansas without any parental consent.
Kansas Common Law Marriage
Kansas does recognize common law marriages. Both parties must be at least 18 years of age and satisfy the following three requirements: (1) capacity to marry, (2) a present marriage agreement, and (3) holding out to the public as husband and wife.
Kansas Marriage License
- Residency: No residency requirement.
- Tests: None.
- Identification Required: Individuals must present a valid photo ID and social security card.
- Appearance/Proxy: Proxy marriages are not allowed in Kansas. However, both parties need not be present for the application process.
- Previous Marriages: Previously married individuals must provide information on when those marriages ended. Dates and locations are required.
- Length of License: 6 months.
- Fees: $75 total ($50 fee plus $25 court surcharge).
- Authorized Kansas Officiants: Judges (active or retired) or a currently ordained clergyman.