Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2002 ch. 143
Other Identifying Information:2002 House Substitute for Senate Bill 486
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:An Act concerning marriage; relating to common-law marriages; amending K.S.A. 2001 Supp. 23-101 and repealing the existing section.
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CHAPTER 143

HOUSE Substitute for SENATE BILL No. 486


An Act concerning marriage; relating to common-law marriages; amending K.S.A. 2001

Supp. 23-101 and repealing the existing section.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

Section 1. K.S.A. 2001 Supp. 23-101 is hereby amended to read as

follows: 23-101. (a) The marriage contract is to be considered in law as a

civil contract between two parties who are of opposite sex. All other mar-

riages are declared to be contrary to the public policy of this state and

are void. The consent of the parties is essential. The marriage ceremony

may be regarded either as a civil ceremony or as a religious sacrament,

but the marriage relation shall only be entered into, maintained or ab-

rogated as provided by law.

(b) The state of Kansas shall not recognize a common-law marriage

contract if either party to the marriage contract is under 18 years of age.

Sec. 2. K.S.A. 2001 Supp. 23-101 is hereby repealed.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its

publication in the statute book.

Approved May 17, 2002.


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Date Composed: 10/10/2002 Date Modified: 10/10/2002