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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF KANSAS

No. 91,129

In the Matter of the Marriage of

LUCY PAUL,

Appellee,

and

RONALD PAUL,

Appellant.

Review of the judgment of the Court of Appeals in In re Marriage of Paul, 32 Kan. App. 2d 1023, 93 P.3d 734 (2004). Appeal from Bourbon district court, HARRY E. WARREN, judge pro tem. Judgment of the Court of Appeals affirming the district court is affirmed. Judgment of the district court is affirmed. Opinion filed January 21, 2005.

Jon A. Blongewicz, of Leawood, argued the cause and was on the briefs for appellant.

Randy M. Barker, of Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, argued the cause and was on the briefs for appellee.

The opinion of the court was delivered by

McFARLAND, C.J.: This is an appeal challenging the district court's authority under the Kansas Child Support Guidelines (Guidelines) to impute estimated child care expenses when imputing income to a custodial parent. In a published opinion by Judge Greene, a unanimous panel affirmed. In re Marriage of Paul, 32 Kan. App. 2d 1023, 93 P.3d 734 (2004). We granted appellant's petition for review.

While the Guidelines do not expressly provide for the imputation of reasonable child care costs, such imputation may be considered where circumstances warrant. The Guidelines do not specifically cover every possible situation, and a reasonable resolution of issues arising from a situation not covered, such as this case, is appropriate.

We have reviewed the briefs, arguments, and record in this case, and we conclude the Court of Appeals was correct. We, therefore, adopt the opinion of the Court of Appeals and affirm both the Court of Appeals and the district court.

NUSS and GERNON, JJ., not participating.

ALLEN, S.J. and LARSON, S.J., assigned.1

1REPORTER'S NOTE: Senior Judges Adrian Allen and Edward Larson were appointed to hear case No. 91,129 vice Justices Nuss and Gernon pursuant to the authority vested in the Supreme Court by K.S.A. 20-2616.

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