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Does Kansas have a minimum age requirement for a person to be a custodial parent?

Legally, no. But custodial decisions are not defined by age; instead they're based on a person's ability to care and nurture a child.

If you're referring to a situation in which a relative hopes to gain custody of a child in foster care, there is no minimum age per se. But the judge's decision will be based on what's best for the child.

The same is true in divorce court, though Kansas law recognizes only relationships in which the mother is at least 12 years old and the father is least 14.

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