Joseph W. Booth

Joseph W. Booth believes at its core that advocacy is the art of persuasion.

Offering the combined skills from his experience as a student of psychology, a past United Methodist Minister, a legal scholar, and considerable training in negotiation, Joe promotes his client’s interests empathetically, efficiently, and effectively.

Mr. Booth teaches Financial Aspects of Divorce & Collaborative Law at Washburn School of Law, occasionally serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the Johnson County District Court and is certified as an arbitrator through the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Mr. Booth Co-Chairs the Publications Board of the Family Law Section of the ABA.

He has contributed to four projects for the Uniform Laws Commission (ULC) fka The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL): The most recent being the ABA observer on the Non-Parent Rights to Child Custody and Visitation Drafting Committee; then, too, as a member of the committee drafting the most recent versions of the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA), he was the ABA liaison; and, as a member of the committee drafting a Uniform Act pertaining to Parental Relocation.

Mr. Booth is Master of the Earl O'Connor Inns of Court. A Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), and a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML). Mr. Booth lectures nationwide to private practice attorneys as well as Military Lawyers on family law issues including property valuations, child custody, child support, litigation, and attorney ethics. Mr. Booth serves as a board member of the Washburn School of Law Children & Family Law Center and is a Dean's Advisor to WU School of Law.

For the past few years Mr. Booth has been a contributing author for LexisNexis®, Matthew Bender project for the Texas Family Law Handbook.

To further teach the law on support, he published "A Guide for Assisting Military Families with the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)" in the Family Law Quarterly (Summer 2009).

He was on the federal task force for redrafting the federal income withholding order forms. 

Joe lectures regularly on a variety of topics for continuing legal education programs, including several programs annually for The National Business Institute, the ABA Family Law Section, and others.

He is also a contributing author to two editions of the Administrative Manual for Nurse-Midwifery Services and provides legal advice and training to the American College of Nurse Midwives ACNM and their members, having published an article in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health.

Mr. Booth is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association.

Joe is licensed to practice before the state and federal bars of Kansas and Missouri as well as the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Joe holds a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the Washburn School of Law, having graduated cum laudé as one of the top 5% of his class. He also holds a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) from St. Paul School of Theology where he graduated with honors. His Bachelor of Arts degree is from Ottawa University, cum laudé.

Published Appellate Cases

In re Marriage of Johnston 54 Kan.App.2d 516 402 P.3d 570 (2017) rev. denied, (court erred when is exercised jurisdiction of the court to modify a court approved agreement and set aside judgment).54 Kan.App.2d 516 402 P.3d 570 (2017) rev. denied, (court erred when is exercised jurisdiction of the court to modify a court approved agreement and set aside judgment)

In re A.A. 51 Kan. App.2d 794 354 P.3d 1205 (2015) (child custody — The Kansas court did not acquire emergency jurisdiction over child custody matter under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act)

In re Marriage of Skoczek 51 Kan. App.2d 606 351 P.3d 1287 (2015) (child support — Trial court's decision to forgo the equal parenting time formula and grant father a 20 percent parenting time adjustment was not an abuse of discretion)

Kaelter v. Sokol 301 Kan. Supreme Court 247 340 P.3d 1210 (2015) (appeals —Judgment and orders did not constitute a final decision, as required for Court of Appeals to obtain jurisdiction)

SRS v. Ketzel 47 Kan. App. 536, 275 P.3d 923 (2012) (child support — interpretation of the term “residence” under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act)

In re Baby Girl B. 46 Kan. App. 96, 261 P.3d 558 (2011) (interpretation of standards that must be met to terminate a parent’s rights in the adoption of an infant)

Marriage of Strieby 45 Kan.App.2d 953 (2011) (interpretation of a maintenance provision agreed to by the parties and later challenged, included a later order for $14,821.83 in fees to our client)

Jones v. Jones 45 Kan. App.2d 854, 268 P.3d 494 (2010) (regarding the rules relating to modification of child support and effective date of any motion)

Marriage of Ehinger 34 Kan. App. 2d 583, 587, 121 P.3d 467 (2005), rev. denied 280 Kan. 982 (2006) (spousal support — standards for modification of court ordered spousal support)

Graham v. Cirrocco 31 Kan.App.2d 563 (2003) (standards for assessment of physician non-competition agreements)

Marriage of Doetzl 31 Kan.App.2d 331 (2003) (child support — Uniform Interstate Family Support Act [UIFSA] standards for modification of another state’s child support duration; appellate timing standards)

Marriage of Riggle 30 Kan.App.2d 967 (2002) (child support — Uniform Interstate Family Support Act [UIFSA] standards for modification of another state’s child support duration; appellate timing standards)

In re Marriage of Jennings 30 Kan.App.2d 860 (2002) (child custody and support— material change of circumstances in move away cases)

In re Marriage of Ronen 29 Kan.App.2d 443 (2001) (child support — absent agreement of the parties, extracurricular expenses included in basic child support amount)

Johnson v. Stephenson 28 Kan.App.2d 275 (2000) (interstate child custody — effect of later dispute on parent’s agreement for future interstate moves) 

Marriage of Gordon-Hanks 27 Kan.App.2d 987 (2000) (domestic relations case management standards)

In addition, Mr. Booth has represented clients in more than 40 appeals in Kansas, Missouri, and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in which the court rendered unpublished opinions, or the matter is still under consideration. 

Honored As:

Super Lawyer

-2010 to present 

Top Attorneys in MO & KS

-KC Magazine 

Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 

Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers

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Directions to Our Office

Law Offices of Joseph W. Booth

11900 W. 87th St. Pkwy.,

Suite 250,

Lenexa, KS 66215

Phone. 913-469-5300

Fax. 913-469-5310