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2020 Kansas Family Law Appeals Decisions

Supreme CourtCourt of Appeals
June 10, 2020

121051 – In re Adoption of Baby Girl G. – Rosen, J. – Review of Court of Appeals unpublished opinion filed November 22, 2019 – Judgment of Court of Appeals, affirmed. Judgment of district court, affirmed. Remanded with directions – Sedgwick [Adoption, parent termination, appellate procedure, petitions for review, improper issues, preservation of issue]
October 16, 2020

Unpublished

121754 – State ex rel. DCF vs. Estate of Sands – Per curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [parentage, set aside, appellate standards, judicial discretion, genetic testing, “substantial justice,” default judgment, 60(b)(6), reasonable time, delay, waiver, parentage presumptions]

122696 – State ex rel. DCF vs. M.R.B., Jr. – Per curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Douglas [child custody, appellate standards, judicial discretion, abuse of discretion, false dilemma, costs of travel, child support, guardians ad litem]

October 2, 2020

Published

122190 – In re Marriage of Nelson – Warner, J. – Reversed and remanded with directions – Marion [divorce, premarital agreements, uniform premarital agreements act, contract interpretation, appellate standards, contract ambiguity, parole evidence, real estate title, joint tenancy with rights of survivorship, appellate attorney fees]

Unpublished

121023 – In re Marriage of Gronlie and Lynn – Per curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [Child support, modification, retroactivity, appellate standards, statutory construction]

122147 – In re Marriage of Lask – Per curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [Child support, medical expense reimbursement, necessary medical expenses, non-prescription expense, residential treatment, special needs, subsequent orders, unreimbursed medical expenses, medical travel expenses, ongoing therapy expense, chiropractic expense, incidentally raised issue, laches, delay, appellate standards, judicial discretion, appellate attorney fees]

122152 – In the Interest of C.M. – Per curiam – Affirmed – Stafford [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing, best interests, sufficient evidence]

122402 – In the Interest of A.H. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [CINC, adjudication, appellate standards, burden of proof, clear and convincing evidence, sufficient evidence]

September 11, 2020

Published

121605 – In re Marriage of Welter – Gardner – Reversed and remanded with directions – Miami [Spousal support, cohabitation, appellate standards, post-decree powers, statutory interpretation, equitable powers, law of the case, support termination, support modification, termination date]

Unpublished

122561 – In re Interests of D.M. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing, best interests, sufficient evidence]

122687 – In re Interests of E.C. – Per curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing, best interests, sufficient evidence]

September 4, 2020

121012 – In re Marriage of Poggi – Per curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [Child Support, extended formula, judicial discretion, appellate standards, alter or amend, spousal support, maintenance, material change, sufficient findings, request for findings, waiver, res judicata]

121875 – In re Marriage of Ray and Fellers – Per curiam – Affirmed – Saline [Child custody, parenting time, judicial discretion, guardians ad litem, apportionment of GAL fees, GAL standards, appellate standards]

August 28, 2020

Unpublished

122488 – In re T.M. – Per curium – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, statutory presumptions, best interests, sufficient evidence]

August 21, 2020

Unpublished

120930 – In re Marriage of Madrigal – Per curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [Child support, sanctions, extended formula, appellate standards, judicial discretion, statutes of limitation, laches]

121533 – R.C. v. S.M. – Per curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Douglas [Protection from stalking, extension order, continuances, appellate standards, abuse of discretion]

August 14, 2020

Unpublished

121850 – In re Marriage of Pierce – Per curiam – Appeal dismissed – Johnson [Grandparent visitation, third-party ‘co-parenting’, standing, appellate procedure]

August 7, 2020
No opinions

July 31, 2020

Published
121108 – Chalmers v. Burrough – Warner, J. – Affirmed – Sedgwick [UIFSA, subject matter jurisdiction, continuing exclusive jurisdiction, modification jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction, registration requirements, interstate transfers, affirmative defenses, substantial compliance]

Unpublished

116751 – In re Marriage of Huffman – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Jefferson [child support, modification, dismissal, delay, inaction, failure to prosecute, judicial discretion, child of majority]

121293 – McMullin v. Kirch – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Johnson [parentage, same-sex partners, same-sex parenting, parentage presumptions, “non-biological exception,” intended parent, appellate standards]

July 24, 2020

Unpublished

121110 – In re Marriage of Davis and Garcia-Bebek – Schroeder – Affirmed – Sedgwick [child custody, parenting time, parenting time factors, international divorce, international parenting time, international travel, statutory presumptions, rebuttable presumptions, appellate standards, statutory factors, sufficient evidence]

121497 – In re Marriage of Meier – Per curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Wyandotte [separate maintenance, divorce, set aside, reasonable time, appellate standards, KSA 60-260, issue first raised on appeal, lack of financial information, Marriage of Kirk, mere agreement, fair just voluntary, summary approval]

July 17, 2020

Unpublished

121666 – In the Interests of A.W. – Per curiam – Affirmed – Reno [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, statutory presumptions, best interests, sufficient evidence]

122187 – T.C. v. Fowler – Per curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [Protection from stalking, PFS, child custody, parent-child orders, appellate standards, extensions, set-aside, vacate, jurisdiction, subject-matter jurisdiction, sufficient allegations, judicial discretion, attorneys fees]

122295 – In the Interest of A.V., J.K., et al. – Per curiam – Appeal dismissed – Kingman [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, appellate procedure, untimely appeal, notice of termination]

122333 – In the Interest of D.J.B, D.B, et al. – Per curiam – Affirmed – Wilson [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, statutory presumptions, best interests, sufficient evidence]

July 10, 2020

Unpublished

122197 – In the Interests of T.W. and J.W. – Per curium – Affirmed –Douglas [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, statutory presumptions, best interests, sufficient evidence]

122349 – In the Interest of N.D. – Per Curiam – Affirmed –Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, statutory presumptions, clear and convincing evidence, best interests, sufficient evidence]

122554 – In the Interests of I.H. and I.H. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Douglas [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, statutory presumptions, clear and convincing evidence, best interests, sufficient evidence]

June 26, 2020

Unpublished

121869 – In the Interest of P.H. – Per curiam – Affirmed [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, best interests, sufficient evidence, admission of evidence, character evidence]

122288 – In the Interest of A.P. – Per curiam – Affirmed – Shawnee [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, best interests, sufficient evidence]

June 19, 2020

Unpublished

121479 – In re Marriage of Berry – Powell – Affirmed in part, Reversed in part – Sedgwick [Grandparent visitation, attorneys fees, appellate standards, judicial discretion, parent rights]

121753 – Nickel v. Welborn – Per curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [protection from stalking, PFS, appellate standards, abuse of discretion, job interviewee, substantial evidence standard]

122262 – In the Interest of J.L. – Per curiam – Affirmed – Miami [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, best interests, sufficenct evidence, likelihood of change]

June 12, 2020

Unpublished

121333 – In re Change of Name for Peterson – Leben – Reversed and Remanded – Reno [Name change, appellate standards, civil procedure, lack of prosecution, dismissal of actions, good cause, judicial discretion, prejudice, self-represented party]

121724 – In re Marriage of Calvert – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [Divorce, default judgments, spousal support, termination of support, modification of support, appellate standards, sufficient evidence, judicial discretion, material change]

June 5, 2020

119312 – In re Marriage of Guha – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Douglas [Post-divorce, child support, appellate standards, Equal Parenting Time formula, judicial discretion, child support guidelines, Extended Income formula, S Corporation income, Extended formula worksheet vs Standard worksheet, expert opinion testimony, retained earnings, taxes paid as child support income, imputed child support income, income tax refund as child support income, appellate attorneys fees]

121512 – In re Marriage of Goodpasture – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Atchison [Post-divorce, child support, appellate standards, child support jurisdiction, set aside, enforcement jurisdiction, review of summary decision, waiver of arguments, failure to brief, personal jurisdiction, continuing jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction]

121808 – In the Interest of P.H. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests]

121913 – In the Interest of A.P. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Leavenworth [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests]

122183 – In re Marriage of Weyhrich – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part, Dismissed in part – Montgomery [Child custody, child custody jurisdiction, UCCJEA, restricted parenting time, appellate standards, record on appeal, temporary orders, final decision, interlocutory appeals, judicial discretion, inadequate representation, notice of witnesses, trial procedure, judicial bias, local rules, substantial evidence, burden of proof]

May 29, 2020

Unpublished

121364 – In the interests of K.H. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests]

122292 – In the Interests of N.O. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Seward [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests]

May 15, 2020

Unpublished

121011 – In re Marriage of Ray and Fellers – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part, dismissed in part – Saline [child custody, parenting time, move away, child support, temporary orders, appellate standards, final orders, attorneys fees, judicial discretion, burden of proof, appellate jurisdiction]

121254 – In re G.M. – Per Curiam – Affirmed -Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests]

121950 – In re A.C. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Barton [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests]

122202 – In re G.W. and J.W. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests]

May 8, 2020

Unpublished

120745 – In re Marriage of Nelson – Per curiam – Affirmed – Saline [spousal support, child support, support modification, separation agreements, support offsets, appellate standards]

121089 – In re Marriage of Brownback – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Lynn [Divorce, child custody, shared residency, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

122009 – In re I.G. – Per Curiam — Affirmed — Clay [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests]

122041 – In re K.J.S. — Per Curiam — Affirmed — Butler [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests]

May 1, 2020

Unpublished

121748 – In re A.B. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Ellis [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests]

121776 – Burnett v. Spears, III – Per curiam – Appeal Dismissed – Ford [child custody, appellate standards, mootness, party agreements]

122173 – In re A.P. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests]

April 24, 2020

Unpublished

121298 – In re A.R. – Buser – Affirmed in part, reversed in part, remanded with directions – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests, due process, self-representation, preservation of arguments]

121471 – In re Marriage of Plowman – Per curiam – Affirmed – Stevens [child custody, appellate standards, abuse of discretion]

122121 – In re N.O. – Per curiam – Affirmed – Shawnee [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests, terminating one parent without terminating other parent rights, guardian ad litem, preservation of arguments]

April 17, 2020

Published

120543 – In re Henson and Henson – Gardner – Reversed and remanded with directions – Sedgwick [child support, jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction, UIFSA, URESA, RURESA, FFCCSOA, federal law, conflict of laws, child support arrearages, medical support, attorneys fees, interstate support, out-of-state judgments, default judgments, void judgments, appellate standards, federal preemption, statutory interpretation, acquiescence, acquiescence to void judgment, collateral attack on judgment, law-of-the-case, final decision, income withholding orders, IWO, appellate attorneys fees]

April 10, 2020

Unpublished

121474 – In re A.B. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests, placement]

121818 – In re Marriage of Stockman – Affirmed – Thomas [child custody, parenting time, child support, arrearages, move-away, appellate standards, material change of circumstances, abuse of discretion, scheduling order vs. pretrial order, trustee vs. court power]

121873 – In re C.B. – Affirmed – Per Curiam – Thomas [CINC, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, sexual abuse, best interests, placement]

April 3, 2020

Unpublished

121117 – Torres vs. De Santiago – Buser – Reversed – Sedgwick [PFS, stalking, appellate standards, abuse of discretion, moot appeals, jurisdiction, evidence standards, substantial competent evidence, judicial speculation, record on appeal, burden of proof, direct vs. circumstantial evidence, text messages]

March 27, 2020

Published

120306 – In re Marriage of Perales – Leben – Affirmed – Saline [divorce, appellate standards, property division, equitable division, all to one]

Unpublished

121360/121843 Buhler v. McCormac – Per Curiam – Wyandotte [parentage, appellate standards, appellate jurisdiction, child custody, parenting plans, child support, temporary orders, interlocutory appeals, final judgments, alter or amend]

121536 – In re F.C. – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Leavenworth [CINC, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, care and control, “harm” defined, “uncomfortable”]

121639 – In re L.G. – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with diretions – Reno [CINC, appellate standards, appellate record, additions to record on appeal, jurisdiction, appellate jurisdiction, child custody jurisdiction, UCCJEA, substantial evidence, due process, notice, opportunity to be heard, clear-and-convincing standard]

March 20, 20209

No cases

March 13, 2020

Unpublished

122249 – In re Marriage of Catoire and Higgins – Per curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [divorce, child custody, sole legal custody, parenting time, appellate standards, abuse of discretion, record on appeal]

121860 – In re A.H. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests, placement]

February 28, 2020

Unpublished

121895 – In re A.T. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Ford [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests, placement]

February 14, 2020

Unpublished

121443 – L.W. on behalf of L.Y. v. L.M.Y. – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Reno [PFA/PFS, appellate standards, judicial misconduct, judicial investigation, ex parte communications, extra-judicial contact]

February 7, 2020

Unpublished

120291 – Peralta-Diaz v. Ortega – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [child custody, parenting time, ‘primary residency’, appellate standards, judicial bias, timely objections, attorneys fees]

January 31, 2020

Unpublished

121482 – In re A.W. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Douglas [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests]

121537 – In re A.P. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Leavenworth [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, reasonable efforts]

121796 – In re M.M. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, clear-and-convincing standard, best interests]

January 10, 2020

Unpublished

119944 – In re Adoption of T.M.M.H. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson (Companion to #120072) [Adoption, appellate standards, interested parties, intervention, civil procedure, alternative theories after remand, law of the case]

120072 – In re L.C. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson (Companion to #119944) [Grandparent visitation, parentage, adoption effects, appellate standards, statutory interpretation, parent rights, parent termination, three parents, two parents, constitutional rights, grandparent rights, number of parents, child’s best interests]
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