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 Unpublished Appellate Opinions are not posted on the Kansas Appellate Courts’ website, but are available on this site between one hour to one day after release.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 The decisions on this page include both published and unpublished opinions.

2014 Kansas Family Law Appeals Decisions

Supreme Court

December 19, 2014

106092 – In re marriage of Traster (Published) [marital contracts, marital separation agreements, “separation agreement”, contract interpretation, public policy]  video
110007 – Cheney v. Poore (Published)[child custody, divided residency, half-siblings, statutory interpretation] video

December 5, 2014

112037 – In re Gamble – Attorney Discipline (Published)[discipline for egregious and manipulative communications (social media) with biological mother terminating rights in adoption] video

November 18, 2014

112590 – State v. Moriarity (Published)(Order lifting stay against issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Johnson)[mandamus, same-sex marriage, marriage licenses, deferral of actions]

October 10, 2014

112590 – State v. Moriarty (Published) (Temporary stay on Johnson County same-sex marriage licenses) [mandamus, same-sex marriage, marriage licenses]

July 11, 2014

109208 – In re N.A.C. (Published) [CINC, appellate procedure, parental rights, termination]

January 24, 2014

110241 – In re Florez – Attorney Discipline (Published) [discipline for actions within personal litigation over parentage, child support]

110292 – In re Soderberg – Attorney Discipline (Published) [discipline for prejudicing client rights by failing to prepare journal entries for court hearings and QDROs]

Other Supreme Court Decisions: release dates…

Court of Appeals

December 24, 2014

111294 –  In re X.D (Published) [CINC, termination, presumptions, evidence, opening statements, procedure]

December 19, 2014

111251 – S.D. and E.D. v. Grandin – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson. [child support, multiple family adjustment, child support income, imputing income, appellate jurisdiction, appellate procedure]

November 21, 2014

109331 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Beachner and Beachner – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Crawford. [property division, business valuation, expert testimony, evidence, continuance, tax considerations, valuation methods, appeal standards, goodwill
110957 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Smith and Smith – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Miami. [appellate standards, contract interpretation, appellate attorneys fees] (Review denied July 22, 2015)

November 7, 2014

111024 – In re M.H. (Published)[CINC, parental rights, termination, ICWA, notice, procedure]

October 31, 2014

109002 – Grothe v. Grothe, et al. – Leben, J. – Affirmed – Johnson. [contract interpretation, statute-of-limitations, enforcement, life  insurance, marital separation agreements]

October 24, 2014

111027 – In re Interest of R.S., P.S., and A.S. (Published) [CINC, standard of proof, appellate standards]

110195 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Glover and Glover – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded with directions – Leavenworth. [child support, multi-family adjustment, equal parenting time adjustment, appellate standard]
110937 – In the Matter of the Adoption of R.C.B. – Leben, J. – Affirmed – Johnson. [adoption, termination, consent] (Review denied, January 15, 2015)

October 17, 2014

110973 – Whittaker v. Preston, et al. – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part and remanded with directions – Johnson. [child support, collection, real estate, joint title]

October 10, 2014

111504 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Dickson and Dickson – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Riley. [child custody, spousal support, child support, child care expenses, procedure]

September 26, 2014

111231 –  In re A.H. (Published) – Hill – Affirmed – Johnson. [CINC, burden of proof, appellate standards, domestic violence]

September 19, 2014

111115 – Dester v. Dester (Published) – Powell – Affirmed –Dickinson. [stalking, extension, procedure vs substance, retroactivity]

September 12, 2014

110316 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Sinks and Sinks – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded with directions – Douglas. [expert witnesses, procedure, child support, spousal maintenance, property division, appellate standards]
110966 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Sinks and Sinks – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded – Douglas. [support modification, jurisdiction to modify, spousal maintenance, child support, appeals, appellate attorneys fees]

September 5, 2014

109573 – Muir v. Kansas Health Policy Authority (Published) – Leben – Affirmed – Johnson. [child support, Medicaid, exempt income, available funds]

110669 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Arambula and Valenzuela – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson. [child custody, residency, self-represented parties, appellate standards, property division]
110930 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Okpala and Chigbo – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Crawford. [common law marriage] (Review denied July 22, 2015)
111228 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Larson and Larson – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Decatur. [child custody, residency, judicial disqualification, mediated agreement, material change in circumstances, move-away]

August 22, 2014

110636 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Paslay v. Paslay – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part, reversed and vacated in part, and remanded with directions – Shawnee. [child support, parochial school, tuition, education expenses, new evidence, support modification, special needs adjustment, acquiescence, extraordinary expenses]

August 15, 2014

110498 – In re Marriage of Johnson – Malone,J. –Reversed with directions – Sedgwick. (Published) [child support, guidelines, modification, sanctions, failure to disclose, update financials, duty to disclose, retroactive support, sanctions, discretion] (Review denied July 22, 2015)

109430 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Colgan and Colgan – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Douglas. [maintenance, spousal support, modification]

August 8, 2014

109901 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Smith and Smith – Powell, J. – Affirmed – Labette. [property divison, #FELA, abuse of discretion]
110443 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Rocha and Rocha – Pierron, J. – Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded with directions – Wyandotte. [spousal support, child support, property division, parenting time, judicial bias, change of judge, judicial discretion, evidence]
111348 – In the Matter of the Adoption of Z.N.E. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Harvey. [step-parent adoption, consent, duress, undue influence, appellate standards] (Review denied November 6, 2014)

August 1, 2014

111198 – In re the Matter of the Adoption of P.Z.K. (Published) [step-parent adoption, termination, process]

110152 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Sprague and Sprague – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson. [agreements, interpretation]
111117 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Chrispen and Chrispen – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Saline. [child custody, parenting time, agreements, presumption of best interest, procedure]
111128 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Klementowski and Klementowski – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson. [property division, valuation, abuse of discretion]

July 25, 2014

110553 – Stormont-Vail Hospital v. Imler (Published) [judgments, collections, sua sponte orders]

110220 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Arensman and Arensman – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Saline. [nunc pro tunc, corrective orders, relief from judgment, alter or amend]

July 18, 2014

110753 – Myers v. Myers – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Riley. [PFA, PFS, procedure]
111073 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Dicus and Dicus – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded – Johnson. [spousal maintenance, jurisdiction, support modification, support extension, support termination]

June 27, 2014

110687 – State, ex rel. TDR v. Mutch – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Lyon. [child support]

June 13, 2014

109797 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Anjard and Anjard – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson. [law of the case, preclusion]
109812 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Anjard and Anjard – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson. [law of the case, preclusion]

June 6, 2014

110334 – Jones v. Culve (Published) [procedure, decree requirements, retirement, property division, beneficiary designation, divorce, contracts, statutory interpretation, unjust enrichment, probate]

May 23, 2014

110205 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Carpenter and Carpenter – Per Curiam – Dismissed – Sedgwick. [appellate jurisdiction, final orders, interlocutory appeals]
110386 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Murphy and Murphy – Powell, J. – Affirmed – Crawford. [common law marriage, parenting time, residency, change of circumstances,  standards of review]

May 16, 2014

109497 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Stevenson and Stevenson – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Grant. [property division, valuation date, valuation methods, farmland division, equitable division]

May 2, 2014

109367 – Einsel v. Einsel, et al. – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Comanche.
109415 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Vogt and Vogt – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part and dismissed in part – Geary.
109822 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Liu and Liu – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Geary.
109850 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Bos and Bos – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick.
109997 – Harasymezuk v. Napier – Leben, J. – Affirmed – Johnson.
110007 – Cheney v. Poore – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Rawlins.

April 25, 2014

109937 – Trenzado v. Trenzado – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Ford. [stalking, evidence, burden-of-proof, appellate standards, contemporaneous objection](revised opinion)
110593 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Steele and Steele – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Shawnee. [residency, burden-of-proof, statutory factors, alter/amend, post-trial motions]

April 18, 2014

109365 – In re Marriage of Shelhamer (Published) [contempt, civil contempt, criminal contempt, standards]
110194 – Greer v. Greer (Published) [parentage, Ross standard, competing presumptions, parentage presumptions, burden of proof]

109429In re Marriage of Katona and Katona – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded with directions – Johnson.
109788 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Monslow and Monslow – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson. (Review denied July 24, 2015)

April 4, 2014

109826 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Fowler and Fowler – Buser, J. – Affirmed – Atchison. [shared residence, abuse of discretion]
110282 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Kropp and Kropp – Per Curiam – Reversed – Wyandotte. [maintenance, modification, marital settlement agreement, reinstatement]

March 21, 2014

110175 – In the Matter of K.B., et al. v. Harry B., Jr. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Atchison. [Parentage, child support, shared-residency, parenting time]

March 14, 2014

109785 – Fox v. Fox (Published) [subject matter jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction, military retirement, property division, bi-furcated divorce]

109117 – In the Matter of the Marriage of McHenry and McHenry – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte. [discretion, burden of proof]
109129 – Hendel v. Hendel – Leben, J. – Reversed and remanded – Johnson. [maintenance, pleading, procedure, claims, contract, judgments]
109879 – Soebbing v. Lesser – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Shawnee. [venue, ripeness]

February 28, 2014

109470 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Mikel and Mikel – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Labette. [property division, equitable division, maintenance, appeal standards, burden of proof](Review denied February 19, 2015)
109756 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Davis and Davis – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Miami. [shared parenting, abuse of discretion, change in circumstances]
109872 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Oliver and Oliver – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Osage. [property division, equitable division, fault, abuse of discretion, appeal standards]

February 14, 2014

109771 – In re Marriage of Thomas (Published) [child support, adoption subsidy]

January 31, 2014

109445 – In the Matter of McDaniel and McDaniel – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Riley. [property division, abuse of discretion]

January 24, 2014

109461 – In the Matter of Loudon and Loudon – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson. [child support, “true-up”](Review denied January 15, 2015)

 January 10, 2014

109289 – In the Matter of the Paternity of Lank and Florez – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick. [child support, travel expenses]
109411 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Friars and Bruch – Per Curiam – Reversed and vacated and remanded with directions – Reno. [child support, income impute, underemployment, due process]
109700 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Martin and Martin – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded with directions – Riley [due process, summary judgment, child support, spousal support, modification, credit for payment, direct payment]

Other Court of Appeals Decisions: release dates…