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So, what’s the parenting plan?

On Behalf of | Aug 19, 2016 | Child Custody

Sure, you and your ex have probably had arguments before. Maybe that is why you are getting a divorce. Arguments can change during the divorce process. In order for a disagreement to be resolved, it needs to be done so formally, according to Kansas family laws. 

In our past post we discussed the formal documents the courts need from divorcing parties from a financial perspective. There is another list of must-haves regarding the future of minor children and their care. And really, it is more like a must-have with a list of ideas on it: the parenting plan.

It is common for parents to disagree about custody, visitation and support matters over the child. Local family law requires that the resolution process in terms of the children begins by the parents creating a parenting plan. Both parents are asked to formally document what they believe is best for the children. 

Some of the items to address specifically through the parenting plan are as follows:

Custody arrangement: shared, sole, joint but with the child at one primary home, etc.

Parenting time: weekdays, weekends, evenings, holidays, etc. 

Healthcare costs: who will cover what for the kids; which plan will cover kids.

Relocation: set expectations and restrictions should a parent change homes or moves a certain distance away.

These are just some matters parents must consider when trying to resolve the future of their children, their schedule and overall family arrangement. A court needs to approve a parenting plan, and it’s not unusual for parents to go back to the plan and make changes before it is finalized. 

A trusted divorce attorney can help a parent better articulate what they want for their children from a legal perspective and fight for a parenting plan that will serve the kids’ best interests.