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38-108. District court may confer rights of majority. That the district courts for the several counties in this state shall have authority to confer upon minors the rights of majority, concerning contracts and real and personal property, and to authorize and empower minors to purchase, hold, possess and control in their own person and right, and without the intervention or control of a guardian or trustee, any goods, chattels, rights, interests in lands, tenements and effects by such minor lawfully acquired or inherited; and such minor shall have full power to hold, convey and dispose of the same, and to make contracts and be subject to all the liabilities incident thereto, sue and be sued, and in all respects to exercise and enjoy all rights of property and of contracts in the same manner and to the same extent as persons at the age of majority.

History: L. 1875, ch. 114, § 1; May 15; R.S. 1923, 38-108.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

Child custody, Quintin Johnstone, 1 K.L.R. 165, 172 (1952).

"Walton's Castle: The Spectrum of 'I Am Curious—Yellow'," Edwin P. Carpenter, 10 W.L.J. 163, 174 (1970).

Person younger than statutory age of majority could make a valid will under K.S.A. 59-601, if rights of majority conferred under this section, Camilla Klein Haviland, 19 K.L.R. 575, 578 (1971).

"Kansas Child Support Guidelines: An Elusive Search for Fairness in Support Orders," Linda Henry Elrod, 27 W.L.J. 104, 140 (1987).


1. Age requirements for teacher's certificate not affected by conferring rights. Landsberg v. Wyandotte County Examiners, 129 Kan. 196, 281 P. 908.

2. Cited in discussing when effect of court order for child support ceases. Trunkey v. Johnson, 154 Kan. 725, 730, 121 P.2d 247.

3. Cited in holding child support obligation terminated by amendment lowering minority period. Jungjohann v. Jungjohann, 213 Kan. 329, 332, 516 P.2d 904.

4. Trial court ruling terminating child support based on constructive emancipation of child remanded for consideration of all relevant factors. In re Marriage of George, 26 Kan. App. 2d 336, 337, 988 P.2d 251 (1999).

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