Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (1996).
STATE OF MINNESOTA
IN COURT OF APPEALS
for herself and on behalf of T.K.,
William Lane Kannenberg,
Hennepin County District Court
File No. DA223040
Michael L. Kiefer, Michael L. Kiefer Law Office, South Plaza Building, #70-17, 1433 Utica Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55416 (for respondent)
John G. Westrick, Craig E. Shriver, Westrick & McDowall-Nix, P.L.L.P., 400 Minnesota Building, 46 East Fourth Street, St. Paul, MN 55101 (for appellant)
Considered and decided by Klaphake, Presiding Judge, Lansing, Judge, and Forsberg, Judge*.
*Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.
Respondent Lisa McSparron-Kannenberg, on behalf of herself and the parties' son, petitioned the district court to extend an order for protection (OFP). After an evidentiary hearing, a referee ordered the OFP extended for an additional year. The district court affirmed, and appellant William Lane Kannenberg now seeks review of the order extending the OFP. Because the referee's denial of appellant's request for a continuance was not an abuse of discretion, we affirm. We do not decide the other issues raised by appellant because they are moot.
Appellant alleges other procedural and constitutional errors. During the hearing to extend the OFP, appellant demanded visitation based on his status as a putative father and as a putative spouse. After this appeal was filed, appellant was adjudicated the child's father and his visitation rights were decided. Because the district court issued a separate final order concerning visitation, which is not the subject of this appeal, reversal of the OFP to decide appellant's visitation rights is unnecessary and would be duplicative. Accordingly, appellant's claim to a visitation order based on his putative status is moot. See In re Minnegasco, 565 N.W.2d 706, 710 (Minn. 1997) (when event occurs making decision on merits unnecessary, appeal should be dismissed as moot); In re Inspection of Auto Specialties, Inc., 346 N.W.2d 657, 658 (Minn. 1984) (finality of subsequent citation renders suppression of evidence moot because it would be "futile gesture"). Further, we decline to apply an exception to the mootness doctrine because this is not a matter of public concern that otherwise evades review. See, e.g., In re Schmidt, 443 N.W.2d 824, 825-26 (Minn. 1989) (applying mootness exception because statute could violate patients' recognized privacy right). Finally, although appellant makes constitutional claims, he cites no law recognizing a putative father's or putative spouse's constitutional right to a visitation order as part of a domestic abuse action. Cf. Baker v. Baker, 494 N.W.2d 282, 285 (Minn. 1982) (under Domestic Abuse Act, relief is limited to curtailing harm between household members, act "neither establishes nor terminates a legal relationship").