Creating a Parenting Plan

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Creating a Parenting Plan

Since 1998, the state of Missouri has required parents to submit proposed parenting plans to the courts whenever they file documents related to child custody or visitation. This parenting plan can be challenging to parents — especially when they disagree on visitation or have other circumstances that affect their decisions. In other locations, these may be referred to as a custody orders or schedules.

At Stange Law Firm, PC, we represent clients Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma, assisting them with legal issues related to parenting plans. If you are considering a parenting plan, contacting us for a confidential, half-hour consultation can help you make the right decisions for your family.

Creating a Parenting Plan

Parenting plans are designed to help parents who are not living together — either because of a divorce or because they were never married — create a stable and healthy environment for their children by arranging regular visitation with both parents.

Parenting plans should consider the best interests of the child above all else and must include specific information that is relevant to your case:

If both parents have reached an agreement on custody and visitation, and have created a parenting plan that they agree on, your case will probably be a lot easier. But you should know that informal agreements are not enforceable until a judge signs a judgment ratifying that agreement. This means that either party can choose to renege on any informal agreement not court approved. This is why it is crucial to formalize these agreements with the signature of a judge. At Stange Law Firm, PC, we can help.

You can read more on this topic in an article titled: Missouri Parenting Plans.

Parenting Plans are crucial if you are trying to raise a child post-divorce. We have written articles on the topic to give you a better understanding of how they can help: Creating a parenting plan runs smoother with communication and Parenting plan: Think about the teenage years too.

Contact Our Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma Attorneys for Parenting Plans

To learn more about creating a parenting plan, contact our lawyers online or by phone to schedule a confidential consultation. We have offices in St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield, Wichita, Tulsa and beyond.

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Visitation
Often called parenting time, visitation is the amount of time a noncustodial parent spends with his or her child. We can handle a broad spectrum of visitation matters.
Creating a parenting plan
Getting visitation rights means drafting a parenting plan that works. We can help.
Relocation with a child
Courts have continuing jurisdiction over child custody and visitation orders. So, when a parent wants to move, it is usually necessary to get the court's permission first. Failure to do so can put your time with your child in jeopardy.
Enforcement of orders
If a parent fails to follow a child custody order, it may be possible to take him or her to court to enforce the order.
Contempt of court
If you are found to have repeatedly ignored a court order, you may be found in contempt of court.
Modification of orders:
When you need a court order changed, you can work with the experienced attorneys at Stange Law Firm, PC.
Custody Issues for Nonmarried Parents
Next to divorce actions, paternity cases (custody and support cases between unmarried parents) are among the most common cases in family law.
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Parents are often concerns about their parental rights, especially fathers in certain circumstances.
Family Access Motions
If you are being denied access to your children, you may want to consider a family access motion.
Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
If you have jurisdictional issues involving your custody case, you will want an attorney familiar with the UCCJEA.
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If you have a complex custody case where psychological issues or abuse may be in play, you might want to consider a child custody evaluation
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If you are dealing with an international child custody dispute, and perhaps child abduction, knowing about the Hague Convention is often critical.
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If you are not the biological parents, in certain cases all may not be lost. You might have a right to third party custody in certain situations.
Fertility and Surrogacy
Fertility and surrogacy is a growing area of the law for those who want children.
Transportation
In some custody cases, parties might live far apart. This can result in difficult child custody cases with transportation at issue.

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