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 Unpublished Appellate Opinions are posted on the Kansas Appellate Courts’ website, but are not available until later — and on this site between one hour to one day after release. This page includes only Kansas Family Law and Family Law-related Appellate Decisions. The decisions on this page include both published and unpublished opinions.

2017 Kansas Family Law Appeals Decisions

Supreme Court

April 7, 2017

Published

114306 – State ex rel. Secretary of DCF v. Smith – Reversed [parentage, voluntary acknowledgment, time limits, appellate standards] video

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Court of Appeals

September 15, 2017

Unpublished

117313 – In re Marriage of Fawcett – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded – Geary

117331 – In re Adoption of P.N.S. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Finney [stepparent adoption, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

September 1, 2017

Unpublished

116567 – In re Marriage of Welliver and Dickerson – Per Curiam – Appeal dismissed – Sedgwick [appellate procedure, appellate standards, contemporaneous objection, acquiescence]

August 25, 2017

Published

115776In re Paternity of S.M.J. v. Ogle – Leben, J – Vacated and remanded – Douglas [indirect contempt, statutory construction, appellate standards]

August 18, 2017

Published

115256In re Marriage of Johnston – Powell, J. – Reversed and vacated – Johnson (Leben, J. Dissents) [property division, military retirement, DFAS, MRDO, jurisdiction to modify, contract interpretation, set aside, spousal support, modified agreements]

Unpublished

115852 – In re Marriage of Mallein – Powell – Affirmed – Johnson [child support, jurisdiction, modification]

August 4, 2017

Published

116422 In re D.H. – Hill, J. – Meade – Affirmed in part and remanded with directions [CINC, parent termination, ICWA, Notice, appellate standards]

Unpublished

116258 – Li v. Yang – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Riley [protection order, stalking, appellate standards, substantial evidence, neighbor-stalking]

July 28, 2017

Published

116654 – Ward v. Hahn – Gardner, J. – Reversed – Osborne [foreign judgments, divorce, property division, real estate, judgment effect, in rem jurisdiction, registration of judgments, interstate judgments]

Unpublished

116903 – In re Z.L.M. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

July 21, 2017

Unpublished

116964 – In re T.W. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Franklin [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

July 14, 2017

Unpublished

115624 – In re Marriage of Biernacki – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Finney [property division, appellate standards, abuse of discretion, lack of supporting evidence, gifts and inheritance]

116278 – In re K.D.B. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

116548 – Trunck v. Pond – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded – Geary [alter-amend, move away, notice of move, child custody, appellate standards, statutory interpretation, statutory construction, material change]

116821 – In re M.H.D. – Per Curiam – Appeal dismissed – Johnson [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, appellate jurisdiction]

116986 – In re A.M. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Ford [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

117320 – In re A.M.D. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Riley [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

July 7, 2017

Unpublished

114895 – In re T.S. – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part and dismissed in part – Sedgwick [CINC< parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, appeal of denial, discretion, appealable orders, permanent custodian, statutory interpretation]

116731 – In re T.D.G. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence, “foreseeable future”]

116995 – In re W.N. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

June 30, 2017

Unpublished

116952 – In re A.W. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Reno [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, substantial evidence]

June 23, 2017

Published

115001 – C.M. v. McKee – Leben – Sedgwick – Affirmed [protection from stalking, PFS, appellate standards, definitions, stalking, mootness]

115877 – Ragain v. Basu – Leben – Affirmed – Sedgwick [post-decree, real estate]

116741 – In re N.L. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Ford [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

June 16, 2017

Published

116155 – In re L.M.B. – Leben – Kiowa –Affirmed [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards] (Published)

Unpublished

116276 – In re A.L.E.A. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Butler [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]
116662 – In re B.M. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Crawford [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

June 9, 2017

Unpublished

115078 – In re Marriage of Rodrock – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [divorce, property division,  appellate standards, dissipation of assets, gambling, final judgments, judicial ethics, lack of prejudice, harmless error, special master, receiver, preservation of property, contemporaneous objections, preservation of error, attorneys fees, abuse of discretion, attorneys fees from marital estate, cumulative error, special master fees, appellate burden, invited error, appellate attorneys fees]

116701 – In re L.B. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

116895 – In re J.D. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Harvey [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

June 2, 2017

Unpublished

116124 – In re Marriage of Dacus – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Reno [child custody, custody factors, guardian ad litem, inadequate findings, abuse of discretion]

116704 – In re K.O. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Allen [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

May 26, 2017

Unpublished

116024 – In re P.M. – Leben – Affirmed – Franklin [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

116724 – In re I.O. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

116781 – In re K.A.S. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Reno [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

May 19, 2017

Unpublished

116186 – In re Marriage of Doughty – Per Curiam – Vacated and case dismissed – Wyandotte [appellate procedure]

116839 – In re J.R.B. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

May 12, 2017

Unpublished

115159 – In re S.R.-H. – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, summary proceedings, proffer]

115945 – In re R.M. – Gardner – Affirmed – Ellis [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, First Amendment, constitutional rights, religion, discrimination, sexual orientation]

116185 – In re S.D. – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Douglas [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, due process, parent rights, procedure]

116391 – In re A.M. – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Johnson [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, unfitness, irredeemable]

116508 – In re S.J.C. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Riley [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

116582 – In re Adoption of Baby Boy W. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards, financial duties]

May 5, 2017

Unpublished

116291 – Fisher v. Davis – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Johnson [child support, guidelines, appellate standards]

116293 – In re J.L. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

April 28, 2017

Unpublished

115829 – In re Marriage of Langley – Atcheson – Affirmed – Sedgwick [contempt, appellate standards, burden of proof, judicial discretion]

116555 – In re T.W. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Atchison [CINC, appellate standards, termination]

April 21, 2017

Unpublished

114584 – State ex rel. Secretary of DCF v. Elmore – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [appellate standards, child support, impute income, appellate procedure, record on appeal, appeal docketing effect, exparte communications]

115469 – Dreiling v. Dreiling – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Butler [protection from abuse, PFA, PFA extension, statutory interpretation, discretionary language, modification of final order, ‘may’ vs ‘shall’]

115915 – In re Marriage of Leming – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Sedgwick [appellate standards, child support, impute income, Thurmond, Sommers, unequal property division, child support trust, fault-based division, incarceration, final vs temporary orders]

115962 – In re J.R.B. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, appellate standards, clear-and-convincing, parent termination]

116103 – In re D.E.J. – Per Curiam – Reversed and remanded with directions – Butler [CINC, appellate standards, clear-and-convincing, parent termination, ICWA, statutory interpretation, ‘foster care placement’, ’emergency placement’, required findings]

116450 – In re Marriage of Clark & Daniels – Powell – Affirmed in part and vacated in part – Jefferson [‘contempt’, fixed jail term, appellate standards, contempt procedure]

116596 – In re L.H. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Saline [CINC, appellate standards, clear-and-convincing, parent termination]

April 14, 2017

Unpublished

116466 – In re Marriage of Uehling – Powell – Vacated and remanded with instructions – Barton [child custody, residential custody, modification, material change, appellate standards, burden of proof, prima facie case, dismissal, required allegations, notice pleading, child’s desires, attorneys fees, child custody factors]

April 7, 2017

Unpublished

116239 – In re I.S. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Wyandotte [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

116362 – In re B.M.T.C. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Sedgwick [CINC, parent termination, appellate standards]

March 31, 2017

Unpublished

115134 – In re Marriage of Barbee & Morales-Colon – Buser – Affirmed – Lyon [property division, appellate standards, discretion, property division factors, spousal support, spousal support factors, guidelines]

115755 – In re C.K. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Douglas [CINC, appellate standards, termination, clear-and-convincing evidence]

March 17, 2017

Unpublished

115009 – In re P.T. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Shawnee [CINC, Appellate standards, clear and convincing evidence]

115670 – In re D.T. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Reno [CINC, Appellate standards, clear and convincing evidence]

March 10, 2017

Unpublished

115472 – In re P.J.B. – Per Curiam – Reversed – Sedgwick  [CINC, Private CINC, UCCJEA, Modification Jurisdiction, Parent Termination, Burden of Proof, Appellate standards, child custody jurisdiction]

March 3, 2017

Unpublished

114470 – In re Marriage of Crainshaw – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part and remanded with directions – Johnson [appellate standards, discretionary factors, property division, trial court rationale]

114846 – In re Marriage of South – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part and remanded with directions – Johnson [property division, appellate standards, premarital agreements, UPAA, discretion]

115265 – In re Marriage of Brizendine & Randall – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Reno [subject matter jurisdiction, 60-day residence requirement, domicile, pleading, long-arm jurisdiction, prima facie showing, burden of proof, evidentiary standards, ]

February 10, 2017

Unpublished

115690 – In re M.A.E. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [CINC, parent rights termination, appellate standards, clear and convincing evidence]

February 3, 2017

Unpublished

114423 – Roberts v. Weaver – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part, vacated in part, and remanded with directions – Sedgwick [quiet title, partition, appellate standards, burden of proof]

115727 – In re O.C.R.D. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [CINC, parent termination, burden of proof, appellate standards, clear and convincing]

116083 – In re S.C. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Barton [CINC, parent termination, burden of proof, appellate standards, clear and convincing]

January 27, 2017

Unpublished

115232 – In re Marriage of Tubbesing – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Johnson [appellate standards, discretion, inherent court power, involuntary dismissal]

115986 – In re C.L.W. – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Allen [CINC, parent termination, clear-and-convincing evidence, appellate standards, discretion]

January 20, 2017

Unpublished

115303 – In re Marriage of Thummel – Per Curiam – Affirmed – Thomas [spousal support, appellate standards, discretion, maintenance factors, abuse of discretion, property division, business valuation, professional goodwill, dissents, precedent]

January 13, 2017

Published

114986 – In re Marriage of Kidane & Araya  – Arnold-Burger – Affirmed – Johnson [marriage, voidable marriage, void marriage, annulment, divorce, procedure, appellate standards, discretion]

January 6, 2017

Published

113901 – State v. Sinzogan – Schroeder – Affirmed – Reno [criminal protection from abuse, criminal protection from stalking, culpability, mental state, lesser included crimes,  burden of proof] (Published)

Unpublished

114855 – In re Marriage of Gerleman – Per Curiam – Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded with directions – Douglas [divorce, post-decree remedies, military retirement, domestic relations order, appellate standards, abuse of discretion, record support, law of the case doctrine]

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