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In re Adoption of G.L.V. and M.J.V.

Supreme Court of Kansas
190 P.3d 245 (Kan. 2008)


G. L. V. and M. J. V. were twin brothers. Three weeks after G. L. V. and M. J. V. were born, their father moved away and rarely saw G. L. V. and M. J. V. thereafter. The father was required to pay child support and initially did not pay in full. Eventually, the father’s wages were garnished, and the father began making full payments. The mother of G. L. V. and M. J. V. married another man (stepfather) (plaintiff). The stepfather filed a petition for adoption of G. L. V. and M. J. V. without the father’s consent. At the time the stepfather filed the petition, the father had not seen G. L. V. and M. J. V. for approximately nine years. However, other members of the father’s family, including the father’s parents, had maintained contact with G. L. V. and M. J. V. At the adoption proceeding, the father testified that he wanted G. L. V. and M. J. V. to continue to have contact with the father’s extended family. The stepfather argued that the petition for adoption was in the best interests of G. L. V. and M. J. V. The district court denied the stepfather’s petition. The court of appeals affirmed. The stepfather appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Davis, J.)

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