Parenting Plan

Parenting Plan

When minor children are involved in a divorce in Kansas or Missouri, the parents are required to submit a Parenting Plan to the court as part of the divorce process. The purpose of a Parenting Plan is to set forth in writing some of the more important aspects of co-parenting the children post-divorce. As such, a Parenting Plan will typically include things such as:

  • A custody and visitation schedule
  • A plan for how the parents will handle joint legal custody
  • Information about healthcare and insurance
  • Information about schools and access to records
  • Procedures for communication between the parents
  • A conflict resolution plan
  • Child support information

The terms and provisions of the Parenting Plan are determined by the facts and circumstances present at the time the plan is created. Sometimes, those facts and circumstances change down the road, causing either (or both) parent to desire a modification of the Parenting Plan. Because the provisions of the Parenting Plan become part of the Final Decree of divorce, and therefore orders of the court, the Parenting Plan may be modified by court order only. The parents can agree to a modification; however, the court must approve the modification if the court finds that doing so is in the “best interest of the child(ren).” If the requested modification is not being done by agreement, the court will decide after a hearing whether modifying the plan is in the “best interest of the child(ren).” If you believe a modification of your Parenting Plan is necessary, be sure to consult with an experienced family law attorney to discuss your legal options.