Dating laws for minors
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In Kansas, some sexual conduct is deemed a criminal offense.
While a 21-year-old man can walk right into a bar and order a drink for instance, he would not be able to bring his 20-year-old girlfriend in with him, even if she was not going to drink.
The same rule can apply to establishments such as hookah lounges if one person on the date is younger than 18, which usually is the legal smoking age.
If one person is younger than the age of consent, then any sexual acts, consensual or otherwise, can be considered statutory rape.
There are some establishments that are off limits to people of a certain age.
However, people under the age of 16 can get married in certain situations.
Kansas Statutes § 23-106(c)(1) allows a judge of the district court to grant a marriage license to anyone under 16 if the judge believes the marriage is in the best interests of the child.
In Kansas, specific laws apply when anyone engages in a sex act with someone under the age of consent and outside of marriage.
Roger Thorne is an attorney who began freelance writing in 2003.
He has written for publications ranging from "Motor Home" magazine to "Cruising World." Thorne specializes in writing for law firms, Web sites, and professionals.
Marriage is a defense to any of the sex crimes in Kansas.
Anyone 18 or older can get married in Kansas without the consent of a parent, while those at least 16 years old can get married with the consent of both parents. If both people are 18 or older, then there is nothing to be concerned about because 18 generally is considered to be the age of an adult, legally speaking.