Kansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions are normally released Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Published Appellate Opinions are posted to the Kansas Appellate Courts’ website within one-hour of that time. Unpublished Appellate Opinions are posted on the Kansas Appellate Courts’ website, but are not available until later – between one hour to one day after release – on this website and on the Kansas Courts’ website. This page includes only Kansas Family Law and Family Law-related Appellate Decisions. The decisions on this page include both published and unpublished opinions.

2018 Kansas Family Law Appeals Decisions

Supreme Court

June 22, 2018

Published

114895 – In re T.S. – Judgment Affirmed, Appeal Dismissed – Sedgwick video [CINC, parent termination, appellate jurisdiction, statutory construction]

May 18, 2018

Published

113103In re Marriage of Williams – Affirmed – Shawnee video [military retirement, Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act, USFSPA, personal jurisdiction, long-arm jurisdiction, appellate standards, subject matter jurisdiction]

May 11, 2018

Published

115309In re Adoption of T.M.M.H. – Reversed – Johnson video [adoption, standing, step-parent adoption, grandparent custody, uniform parentage act, third-party custody, legal custody, appellate procedure, appellate standards] (Published)

Other Supreme Court Decisions: release dates…

Court of Appeals

July 20, 2018

Unpublished

117682 – In re Marriage of DePriest & Weaver – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Johnson [default judgments, judicial sanctions, discovery sanctions, failure to meet court deadlines, civil procedure, judicial investigations, ex parte communications, abuse of discretion]

117927 – In re Marriage of Fisher – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Leavenworth [60-260, Judgment Set Aside, duress, undue influence, fraud, misrepresentation, marital settlement agreements, court-approved settlement, signing against advice of counsel, appellate record, burden of proof]

118219 – In re Marriage of Emerson – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded with directions – Sedgwick [appellate standards, valuation, equalization, mathematical miscalculation, spousal maintenance, judicial discretion, pension considerations, attorneys fees, email communications with court, alter or amend, questions of fact vs law]

July 13, 2018

Unpublished

118084 – In re Marriage of Wells – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Reno [divorce, property division, ‘premarital’ property, ‘equitable division,’ judicial discretion, appellate standards]

July 6, 2018

Unpublished

118489 – In re Guardianship of E.C. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Miami [guardianship of a minor, third-party custody, parental fitness, appellate standards, parental preference, clear and convincing evidence, alternate findings, minor’s essential needs, mental health needs, motions to dismiss]

118628 – In re Marriage of Novacek – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Geary [child custody, appellate standards, statutory factors, abuse of discretion, material change, change of residence]

June 29, 2018

Unpublished

118415 – In re K’L.V.P. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing, best interests]

June 22, 2018

Unpublished

118050 – In re Marriage of White – Leben – Affirmed – Saline [child support, medical support, child support guidelines, contracts, expense reimbursement, appellate standards]

118212 – In re Adoption of C.D.F. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Shawnee [parent termination, stepparent adoption, attorney fees, dismissal on pleadings, statutory interpretation, civil procedure rules, prima facie case, necessary allegations]

118376 – In re N.A.K. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Shawnee [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing, best interests, trial continuance]

June 15, 2018

Unpublished

118395 – In re N.F. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Crawford [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing]

118574 – In re S.L. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing]

June 8, 2018

Unpublished

118014 – In re J.C.-G. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Ellis [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing, presumptions, constitutional challenge, timeliness]

118652 – In re N.M. – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and dismissed in part – Cowley [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing]

June 1, 2018

Published

118189In re Paternity of M.V. –Malone, J. – Reversed and remanded with directions – Reno [appellate standards, grandparent visitation, parentage, weight of parent decision, parent rights, parental preference]

Unpublished

118433 – In re A.H. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing]

118597 – In re S.I. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Brown [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing]

118786 – In re P.R.A. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing]

May 25, 2018

Unpublished

118426 – In re Adoption of J.R.H. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [adoption, parent termination, support 6-months before birth, statutory construction, appellate standards]

118661 – In re W.D. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Pratt [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing]

May 18, 2018

Unpublished

118222 – Curtis v. Minnis – Per Curiam – Appeal dismissed – Ford [appellate standards, parental rights interference, mootness, improper orders]

118285 – Harris v. Kansas Dept. for Children and Families – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded to the State of Kansas Department for Children and Families with directions – Shawnee [administrative law, default, set aside, meritorious defense, due process, abuse & neglect, substantiation, judicial review, KJRA, statutory interpretation, abuse of discretion, appellate standards]

118362 – In re M.D.M. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing]

May 11,  2018

Unpublished

117932 – In re Biehl – Per Curiam – Appeal dismissed – Sedgwick [parentage, genetic testing, judicial discretion, non-parentage, appellate jurisdiction]

118083 – In re Marriage of Hou and Chu – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [child support, extracurricular expenses, child support deviations, judicial discretion, appellate standards, child support guidelines]

118198 – In re C.M.G. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Clay [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing]

118282 – K.E.S. v. H.M.M. – Per Curiam – Appeal dismissed – Greeley [appellate standards, appellate jurisdiction, venue, judicial discretion, parentage]

118579 – In re G.A-S. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Ford [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing]

April 27, 2018

Unpublished

117410 – In re Marriage of Traster – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded with directions – Sedgwick [appellate standards, abuse of discretion, marital settlement agreements, property division, attorney fees, appellate attorney fees, attorney fees indemnity agreement, severability of agreements]

118602 – In re N.M.D. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Allen [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing]

April 20, 2018

Unpublished

117693 – In re J.A.D. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing]

April 13, 2018

Unpublished

116760 – Fahey v. Fahey – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [marital torts, extramarital affairs, statutes of repose, STDs, appellate standards]

117278 – In re Marriage of Oldenburg – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part and vacated in part – Johnson [appellate standards, income tax exemption, attorney fees, sua sponte rulings, stipulations, nonjurisdictional rulings]

118330 – In re R.D. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Franklin [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing]

118333 – In re R.E.R. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing]

April 6, 2018

Unpublished

118067 – Kline v. Holmes – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Douglas [parentage determination, same-sex relationships, statutory construction, appellate standards]

118067 – In re M.A.V. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Osage [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

118218 – In re D.C-R. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

March 30, 2018

Unpublished

117293 – In re Marriage of Ziebart – Buser – Reversed and remanded with directions – Meade [appellate standards, legal custody, joint legal custody, sole legal custody, residential custody, words and phrases, statutory interpretation, sua sponte orders]

118196 – In re D.J.L.T. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Allen [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

118248 – In re O.M. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Franklin [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

March 23, 2018

Unpublished

117671 – In re M.R. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Douglas [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

March 16, 2018

Unpublished

117381 – In re Marriage of Gustafson – Buser – Affirmed – Stevens [appellate standards, UCCJEA, residence, contempt, enforcement, reinstate parenting time, child custody jurisdiction, continuing jurisdiction, significant contacts, substantial evidence, unclean hands]

March 9, 2018

Unpublished

117529 – In re J.L. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

117664 – In re Marriage of Smith – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Lyon [appellate standards, discovery, attorney fees, judicial discretion]

118186 – In re X.A. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Shawnee [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

March 2, 2018

Unpublished

117931 – In re J.L.A. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

February 23, 2018

Unpublished

117723In re Adoption of Baby Boy C.L. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [adoption, termination, notice, appellate jurisdiction, appellate standards, burden of proof, “shotgun pleading”] (Review granted June 27, 2018)

February 9, 2018

Unpublished

117929 – In re E.R.S. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

118099 – Bowen v. Cantrell – Per Curiam – Appeal dismissed – Franklin [appellate standards, temporary orders, appellate jurisdiction]

February 2, 2018

Unpublished

117008 – Kaster v. Riley – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [PFS, appellate standards, judicial conduct, judicial bias, preservation of record, appellate record, judicial recusal, judicial impartiality, appellate burden]

117346 – Davis v. Kansas Dept. for Children & Families – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [administrative, appellate standards, appellate procedure, preservation of argument, contemporaneous objection, “shall” meaning, administrative procedures]

117524 – In re M.A. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Douglas [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

117775 – In re B.W. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Brown [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

January 26, 2018

Unpublished

115704 – Kaelter v. Sokol – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [special master, appellate standards, contemporaneous objections, child’s property, UGTMA]

116843 – Bradfield v. Urias – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Ford [child support, personal jurisdiction, enforcement, UIFSA, judgment registration]

117238 – In re J.Y. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

January 19, 2018

Unpublished

117222  – In re Marriage of Santee – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Douglas [appellate standards, appellate procedure, record on appeal, spousal maintenance, modification, cohabitation, attorneys fees, discretion, burden of proof, Rule 170, motion to set aside, KSA 60-260, appellate process]

January 5, 2018

Published

117070 – Kerry G. v. Stacy C. – Arnold-Burger, CJ – Reversed and vacated – Harvey [PFA, extension, burden of proof, appellate standards, mootness, exceptions, statutory interpretation]

Other Court of Appeals Decisions: release dates…