Asked almost 4 years ago - Lyons, KSFlag
My x-boy friend and I lived together for several months and we have two minor childred together.
Absolutely there are grounds for common law marriage which is allowed in Kansas. There are three elements you must prove, as follows:
1. capacity of the parties to marry (very easy to establish unless one of you has mental or other related conditions; 2) a present marriage agreement between the parties (the two of you considered yourselves married; you were on his health insurance at work as his wife; etc); and 3) you held each other as husband and wife to the public (hi, this is my wife; greeting cards to Mr. and Mrs.; signing in at hotels as H&W; filing taxes together; joint checking account; etc) - this may be hard as you refer to him in your question as "boyfriend".
If you believe you can establish a common law marriage you may be entitled to a portion of his retirement, household goods, equity in house, alimony and maintenance, etc.
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