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 Unpublished Appellate Opinions are not posted on the Kansas Appellate Courts’ website, but are available on this site between one hour to one day after release.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 The decisions on this page include both published and unpublished opinions.

2015 Kansas Family Law Appeals Decisions

Supreme Court

December 23, 2015

114573 – Solomon v State – Rosen, J. – Affirmed – Shawnee [separation of powers, Kansas Constitution] video (Published)

October 9, 2015

108547 – Cresto v. Cresto – Johnson, J. – Reversed – Johnson [wills, probate, appellate standards, undue influence, premarital agreements, burden of proof, presumption of validity, attorney fees] video (Published)

109121 – In re Marriage of Stephenson & Papineau – Luckert, J. – Reversed – Atchison [child support, SSDI, derivative payments, child support, lump sum payment, reimbursement, retroactive] video (Published)

July 24, 2015

109079 – Cain v. Jacox – Stegall, J. – Reversed – Geary video [UIFSA, res judicata, child support, child support enforcement, procedure, interest on support](reversed Court of Appeals decision and district court decision) (Published)

January 23, 2015

107401 – Kaelter v. Sokol – Per Curiam – Dismissed – Johnson. video [final judgments, appellate standards] (Published)

Other Supreme Court Decisions: release dates…

Court of Appeals

December 31, 2015

Unpublished Opinions

113760 In re A.J.C. – Per Curiam – Reversed with directions – Jackson [private CINC, appellate standards, clear-and-convincing evidence, parental rights, presumptions, constitutional rights]

113884 – In re Marriage of Hodges – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part and dismissed in part – Montgomery [child custody, temporary orders, appeal standards, appellate review, mootness, final orders, appellate jurisdiction, discretion, child’s best interests]

December 23, 2015

Unpublished Opinions

112415 – Watters v. Kansas Dept. for Children & Families – Leben – Reversed and remanded – Sedgwick [CINC, Abuse, duty to protect, state liability, standards of review, notice pleading]

112917 – In re Marriage of Shults – Per Curaim – Affirmed – Sedgwick [divorce, property division, arbitration, appeal standards, Uniform Arbitration Act (UAA)]

December 18, 2015

Unpublished Opinions

112903 – In re Marriage of Chasten – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [annulment, appellate standards, fraud, immigration]

December 11, 2015

113315 – In re A.S.  – Schroeder – Appeal Dismissed – Miami [CINC, appeals, statutory construction, parental rights, termination, appellate jurisdiction] (Published)

Unpublished Opinions

112889 – In re Marriage of Lundemo – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Reno [contract interpretation, marital settlement agreements, ambiguous terms, “residing with”]

113609 – In re T.A.B. – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Sedgwick [#UCCJEA, CINC, subject matter jurisdiction, interstate jurisdiction, exclusive continuing jurisdiction, initial child custody jurisdiction, judicial communications]

December 4, 2015

Unpublished Opinions

112978 – In re Marriage of Hirsh & Lenzen – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [UIFSA, enforcement jurisdiction, UCCJEA, modification jurisdiction, school choice, joint legal custody, appellate standards]
113366 – In re Marriage of Meade – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Nemaha [contemporaneous objection, child support, child custody, child relocation, parenting time, appellate standards]

November 13, 2015

Unpublished Opinions

113154 – In re Marriage of Vaughan – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded with directions – Johnson (Review denied November 15, 2016)

113263 – In re R.W. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [parental rights termination]

114059 – In re Adoption of G.R.K. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Shawnee

November 6, 2015

112422 – In re Marriage of Larimore – Buser – Sedgwick [QDROs, dormant judgments, retirement accounts, expired judgments, appellate standards, statutory construction] (Published)

Unpublished Opinions
112764 – Greer v. Greer – Leben – Affirmed – Franklin [parentage, biological-vs-psychological parent, due process, constitutional rights, Ross best interests determination]

October 23, 2015

Unpublished Opinions
110504 – Sharp v. Kansas Dept. for Children & Families – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Shawnee [administrative, “substantiated” abuse, judicial review, administrative procedure, pleadings, substantial evidence]

112499 – In re Marriage of Budy – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Leavenworth [appellate standards, premarital agreements, property division, contract interpretation, ambiguous vs. unambiguous, retitle property]

October 2, 2015

113026 – In re Marriage of Owens – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded – Butler  [Limited Case Manager, LCM, child custody, parenting time, court powers, statutory interpretation, qualifications, disqualification, appellate standards]

September 25, 2015

113099 – In re T.N.Y. – Bruns, J. – Reversed – Wyandotte [grandparent visitation, statutory construction, constitutional rights, equal protection, parentage, Kansas family law code] (Published)

111808 – In re Marriage of Schmeidler – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Ellis [child custody, parenting plans, modification, agreed parenting plan, marital settlement agreement, contract interpretation, material change, child’s best interests]

September 18, 2015

112206 – In re Marriage of Szykowny – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Butler [UCCJEA, child custody, competing courts, interstate jurisdiction, continuing jurisdiction, jurisdiction agreement, subject matter jurisdiction, appellate procedure]

112960 – In re Marriage of Duckworth – Arnold-Burger – Reversed and remanded – Johnson [res judicata, child support, discovery, third party discovery]

September 11, 2015

112047 – In re Marriage of Moore – Buser – Reversed – Johnson [QDROs, dormant judgments, retirement accounts, expired judgments, appellate standards, contract interpretation]

August 28, 2015

112006 – In re Marriage of Hollinquest – Buser – Affirmed – Johnson  [QDROs, dormant judgments, expired judgments, judgment renewal, procedure, appellate standards]

August 21, 2015

111576 – L.E.H. v. Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services – Leben, J. – Affirmed – Shawnee.  [abuse, administrative hearing, appellate standards, abuse of discretion, burden of proof, substantiated-unsubstantiated, law of the case, substantial competent evidence, Kansas Judicial Review Act]

111925 – Ottley v. Ottley – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Ellis.  [child support, appellate standards, extended income formula, shared residency, shared expenses, burden of proof, shared parenting time adjustment]


August 14, 2015

112133 – In re A.A. 113148 – Leben, J. – Reversed – Johnson. [UCCJEA, CINC, Emergency Temporary Jurisdiction, Exclusive Continuing Jurisdiction, Inconvenient Forum] (Published)

112930 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Russom and Russom – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Osborne. [Appellate Standards]

August 7, 2015

111737 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Otuonye v. Otuonye – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick. [business valuation, expert witnesses, impute income, spousal maintenance, civil procedure, continuances, discretion]

112016 – Sroufe v. Palmer – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick. [child custody, burden of proof, standards of proof, appellate standards, discretion, move-away, relocation, best interests of child, parentage, Kansas Parentage Act, sufficient competent evidence]

July 31, 2015

112406 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Post and Rahmouni – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Shawnee [annulment, divorce, discretion]

July 24, 2015

 112188 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Liu and Liu – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Geary. [evidence, burden of proof, appellate standards, procedure]

112561 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Hines v. Hines – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Ford. [child custody, residency, burden of proof, appellate standards, evidentiary standards, preservation of objections]

June 19, 2015

110263 – In the Matter of the Marriage of McFeeters and McFeeters – Per Curiam – Vacated  in part and remanded with directions – Johnson. [equal parenting time adjustment, appellate standards, appellate procedure, required findings, attorneys fees, discretion]

111878 – In the Matter of Rusnak and Kendrick – Per Curiam – Appeal dismissed – Johnson. [mootness, case and controversy, appellate procedure, appellate standards]

June 5, 2015

112057In re Marriage of Skoczek – Hill, J. – Affirmed – Johnson (Published) [child support, equal parenting time adjustment, discretion, standards of review, appellate standards, percentage adjustment]

111811 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Marcus and Ording – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson. [appellate standards, abuse of discretion, property division, divorce, spousal support]

May 22, 2015

112605 – In the Matter of the Application of J.C.J. to Adopt T.S.C.F. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick. [adoption consent, appellate standards, evidentiary standards, clear-and-convincing evidence, parental rights termination, standard of review, due process, biological parent]

May 15, 2015

112363 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Doll and Anderson – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Riley [appellate standards, parenting plans, child custody, special needs, burden of proof, attorneys fees, abuse of discretion, negative findings]

May 8, 2015

111536 – State v. Bidzimou – Leben, J. – Affirmed – Sedgwick [child support, guidelines, appellate standards, standards of review, procedure, income withholding order, assignment]

112219 – In the Matter of the Adoption of D.A.J.D. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Saline [adoption, termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

April 24, 2015

112702 – In the Matter of the Application of Curtis N., to adopt K.H.D. and N.T.D. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Pratt. [termination, adoption, stepparent adoption, adoption consent, appellate standards, failure to assume duties, standard of review]

April 17, 2015

112050 – Wells v. Ashbaugh – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Scott. [parenting plan, modification, appeal standards, attorneys fees, best interests considerations, standards of review, child custody factors, special needs, parentage, attorneys fees authority]

April 10, 2015

110714 – Martin v. Phillips – Affirmed – Gyllenborg, J. – Johnson [UIFSA, enforcement, statutes of limitation, dormancy, choice of law] (Published)

March 27, 2015

110461 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Gerleman and Gerleman – Reversed – Bukaty, J. – Douglas [discovery, sanctions, attorneys fees, standard of review, issue waiver, appellate standards]

111665 – State v. Heim – Affirmed – Per Curiam – Reno [PFA, protection from abuse, restitution, standards of review]

March 20, 2015

111494 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Styles and Styles – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Pottawatomie. [appellate standards, standard of review, marital property, property division, abuse of discretion]

March 13, 2015

112233 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Behnke and Ingram – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Linn. [marital settlement agreement, QDRO, contracts, modification, jurisdiction, appeal standards, sufficient evidence]

March 6, 2015

111966 – Riesberg v. Barkman f/k/a Swendson – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Riley [property, equitable division, partition, standard of review, cohabitation, unmarried cohabitants, pet rights, personal property, replevin]

February 27, 2015

111826 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Atterbury and Atterbury – Appeal dismissed – Sedgwick [appellate standards, final judgments]

February 20, 2015

112027 – Anderson v. Richard – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Saline [parentage, presumptions, procedure, required parties]

January 30, 2015

112259 – In the Matter of the Adoption of A.J.W. and J.Y.W. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Clay [adoption, termination]

January 23, 2015

111253 – In the Interest of F. (Published)[adoption, attorneys fees, review standards]

110882 – In the Matter of McKinley and McKinley – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Shawnee [review standards, retroactive orders, Income Withholding, child support, enforcement, impute income, material change, impute income, deliberate unemployment, burden of proof, negative findings]

111176 – State, et al. v. Burton – Per Curiam – Vacated and remanded with directions – Johnson [review standards, enforce child support, health insurance premiums, child support components, uninsured medical expenses, qualified medical child support order, QMCSO, self-represented, liberal construction]

January 16, 2015

110058 – Stewart v. Stewart – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Ellsworth [PFA, spousal maintenance, child support, jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction, statutory interpretation, UIFSA, UCCJEA, interstate jurisdiction, mootness, standard of review, burden of proof, acts or directives]

January 2, 2015

110559 – In the Matter of the Marriage of Einsel v. Einsel – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Ellis [maintenance, extension, procedure, appeal standards, waiver, stipulations]

Other Court of Appeals Decisions: release dates…