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 Unpublished Appellate Opinions are posted on the Kansas Appellate Courts’ website, but are not available until later – between one hour to one day after release – on this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 The decisions on this page include both published and unpublished opinions.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

October 5, 2018

Published

117723 – In re Adoption of C.L. – Biles – Reversed and Remanded with directions – Wyandotte video [adoption, parent termination, constitutional rights, parental rights, appellate standards, parent termination, burden of proof, clear-and-convincing evidence]

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

November 9, 2018

Unpublished

118826 – In re J.P.P. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Dickinson [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, sufficiency of evidence, clear and convincing evidence, child’s best interests, reasonable efforts]

119119 – In re D.R. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, right to counsel, appellate standards, continuances, sufficiency of evidence]

119351 – In re B.B. – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded – Marion [CINC, parent termination, clear and convincing evidence, appellate standards, constitutional rights, lack of parental fitness, abuse of discretion, subjective reasons for termination, case plan requirements, court speculation]

119368 – In re E.T.E.K. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, sufficiency of evidence, clear and convincing evidence, appellate standards, right to counsel, appellate standards, continuances, sufficiency of evidence]

November 2, 2018

Published

118809In re Estate of Fechner – Leben – Vacated and remanded with directions – Geary [probate, parentage, Kansas Parentage Act, UPA, genetic testing, post-death testing, appellate standards, legal error]

Unpublished

118994 – In re Marriage of Meng – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Shawnee [divorce, spousal maintenance, pretrial orders, alter or amend, abuse of discretion, appellate standards, issues reserved for trial]

119330 – In re D.F. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, sufficiency of evidence, clear and convincing evidence, appellate standards, right to counsel, appellate standards, continuances, sufficiency of evidence]

119355 – In re R.G. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Finney [CINC, parent termination, sufficiency of evidence, clear and convincing evidence, appellate standards, right to counsel, appellate standards, continuances, sufficiency of evidence]

October 26, 2018

Unpublished

119018 – Kim v. Canales-Martinez – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [Protection from stalking, appellate standards]

October 19, 2018

Published

118563In re K.L.B. – Burgess – Affirmed – Sedgewick [CINC, UCCJEA, emergency jurisdiction, continuing jurisdiction, jurisdictional competition]

118982 – Osborn v. Anderson – Malone – Reversed and Remanded – Bourbon [parentage, acknowledgment of parentage, standing, biology-vs-acknowledged]

119264 In re P.J. – Green – Affirmed – Sumner [CINC, disposition hearing, appellate standards, reintegration plan]

Unpublished

119045 – In re L.K. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Douglas [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

119370 – In re C.D. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Atchison [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

October 5, 2018

Unpublished

118892 – In re Marriage of Grigsby – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Reno [child custody, abstention, restraining orders, appellate standards]

119088 – In re B.A.D. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Leavenworth [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

September 28, 2018

Unpublished

119118 – In re W.S. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

September 21, 2018

Unpublished

118826 – In re J.P.P. – Per Curiam – Remanded with directions – Dickinson [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

September 14, 2018

Published

118457In re Marriage of Gerleman – Powell –Reversed and remanded – Douglas (Published) [Garnishment, judgment collection, statutory construction, appellate standards, garnishment exceptions]

Unpublished

117638 – In re J.D.P. – Buser – Affirmed in part and dismissed in part – Mitchell [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, statutory construction, ineffective assistance]

118394 – In re Marriage of Kalmer & Daniels – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [Equitable property division, non-marital relationship, res judicata, estoppel, waiver, post-judgment enforcement, disposal of property, appellate procedure, failure to appeal previous ruling]

118857 – In re J.H. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Shawnee [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, statutory construction, ineffective assistance]

119101 – In re K.H. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Ellsworth [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, statutory construction, ineffective assistance]

September 7, 2018

No opinions

August 31, 2018

Unpublished

117895 – In re Marriage of Owens – Green – Reversed and remanded with directions – Butler [child custody, appellate standards, child’s best interests, Limited Case Management, Parenting Coordination, Due process, subsequent appeals, qualifications]

117924 – B.E. v. G.G. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [settlements, personal injury, counterclaims, infectious diseases, mutual releases]

118678 – In re A.R.B. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, statutory construction, ineffective assistance]

118966 – In re C.E. – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part and remanded with directions – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, statutory construction, ICWA]

August 24, 2018

Unpublished

118208 – In re Marriage of Medlin – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part and dismissed in part – Geary

118709 – Nguyen v. Huynh – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded with directions – Sedgwick [Collections, dormant judgments, revivor, judgment interest, appellate standards, statutory construction, “shall” definition, laches, equitable bar to interest]

118841 – In re L.C.P. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Shawnee [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, circumstantial evidence, statutory construction]

August 17, 2018

Unpublished

118406 – In re Marriage of Dean – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part, vacated in part, and remanded with directions – Sedgwick [appellate standards, child support, Kansas Child Support Guidelines, Definitions, “Child Support Income”, expert witness, business valuation, valuation methods, income calculation, appellate procedure, lack of transcript, issue of law, “gross income”, “cash flow method”, “net income method”)

August 10, 2018

Unpublished

118002 – Gillette v. Thomas – Per Curiam – Reversed – Wyandotte [PFS, protection orders, appellate standards, circumstantial evidence, directed actions, decedent’s spouse]

118650 – In re M.G. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, circumstantial evidence, statutory construction]

118660 – In re H.I.N. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Saline  [Adoption, parent termination, appellate standards, statutory construction, adequate support, clear and convincing evidence]

118746 – In re O.U.J.S. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Crawford [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, statutory construction]

119009 – In re V.S. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Miami [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, statutory construction, ]

August 3, 2018

Unpublished

118638 – In re N.B. – Rosauer – Reversed – Meade [Adoption, parent termination, appellate standards, statutory construction]

119030 – In re T.D.H. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing, best interests]

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]

117766 – Smith v. Lutz – Leben – Affirmed – Greenwood [personal property, gifts, automobiles, ownership transfer, title ownership]

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…