K.F. v. A.F., 123,060

CourtCourt of Appeals of Kansas
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM.
Citation484 P.3d 891 (Table)
Parties K.F., Appellee, v. A.F., Appellant.
Docket NumberNo. 123,060,123,060
Decision Date02 April 2021

484 P.3d 891 (Table)

K.F., Appellee,
A.F., Appellant.

No. 123,060

Court of Appeals of Kansas.

Opinion filed April 2, 2021.

Gary A. Nelson, of Gary A. Nelson, P.A., of Leavenworth, for appellant.

Charles Joseph Osborn, of Osborn Law Office, LLC, of Leavenworth, for appellee.

Before Schroeder, P.J., Malone, J., and McAnany, S.J.


Per Curiam:

K.F. sought a protection from stalking (PFS) order against her husband, A.F. After an evidentiary hearing, the district court entered the requested PFS order and denied A.F.'s later motion to set the order aside. A.F. appeals, arguing that there was insufficient evidence to support granting the order and that the district court erred by denying his motion to set it aside. For the reasons explained below, we hold that the expiration of the PFS order renders this appeal moot, and A.F. has not established that we should consider his arguments despite the appeal being moot. Accordingly, we dismiss.


K.F. filed a petition for a PFS order against A.F. during the pendency of their divorce proceedings which began in May 2019. On September 9, 2019, the district court denied relief for failure to establish an essential element of the claim.

On September 13, 2019, K.F. filed a second petition seeking a PFS order against A.F. In her petition, K.F. described text messages purportedly sent to her by A.F. The district court issued an ex parte temporary PFS order and set the matter for an evidentiary hearing on September 30, 2019. The hearing was later rescheduling for October 21, 2019.

At the October 21, 2019 hearing, K.F. testified about various text messages she believed came from A.F. She claimed these messages caused her to fear for her safety. She told the judge that A.F. recently appeared at their son's daycare center to pick up their son on a day that A.F. did not have scheduled parenting time, but he left when he saw K.F. K.F. testified that she feared that A.F. might hurt her or try to physically take their son.

After K.F.'s testimony, the district court denied A.F.'s motion to dismiss. A.F. then testified that the daycare incident had been a one-time miscommunication. He had believed it was his responsibility to pick up his son that day, and when he realized he was mistaken, he left. He denied sending the texts that K.F. claimed had caused her to be fearful. He contended that K.F. was seeking the PFS order in an attempt to affect his custody and parenting rights in their pending divorce proceedings.

After hearing the testimony, the court granted the petition and issued a PFS order. The order was effective until October 21, 2020, and "may be extended for additional periods of time upon motion of the plaintiff."

A.F. moved to set aside the PFS order, which the district court denied. This appeal followed.


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