PARENTING PLAN GUIDELINES
As of August 28, l998, section 452.310, RSMo, requires, “A party shall submit a proposed parenting plan
at the time of filing of a motion to modify or a petition involving custody or visitation issues. A party shall
submit a proposed parenting plan when filing the answer in such cases or within thirty days after service of a
motion to modify.” The requirements for the proposed parenting plan are outlined in the same statutory
A parenting plan is intended to assist parents who are not living together in developing the ideal
environment for their child(ren). When making arrangements for the child(ren), parents need to consider the
child(ren)’s needs and interests above all else. Since every family is unique, parents are encouraged,
whenever possible, to work together to develop a plan that they both agree will meet the best interests of their
child(ren). When preparing the parenting plan, it is important to remember that specific information in the
following four areas must be included:
• Custody and Visitation
• Decision-Making Rights and Responsibilities
• Dispute Resolution
• Expenses of the Child(ren).
To assist parents with providing all required information, a parenting plan form and instructions for
completing the form are included with these guidelines. This form is intended for use by the child(ren)’s
mother and father. Any other party, such as a grandparent, filing a motion to modify or a petition involving
custody or visitation issues may wish to use this form for guidance in preparing his or her own plan to be
submitted to the court.
Note: Instructions for completing the form are in bold. Statements which should be included in all parenting
plans are marked with a checked box.
This specific parenting plan form may be used for the proposed parenting plan,
but use of this specific form is not required.