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June 21, 2021

60-1625 Same; permanent; objectives; general outline, provisions

(a) The objectives of the permanent parenting plan are to:

(1) Establish a proper allocation of parental rights and responsibilities;
(2) establish an appropriate working relationship between the parents such that matters regarding the health, education and welfare of their child is best determined;
(3) provide for the child’s physical care;
(4) set forth an appropriate schedule of parenting time;
(5) maintain the child’s emotional stability;
(6) provide for the child’s changing needs as the child grows and matures in a way that minimizes the need for future modifications to the permanent parenting plan;
(7) minimize the child’s exposure to harmful parental conflict;
(8) encourage the parents, where appropriate, to meet their responsibilities to their minor children through agreements in the permanent parenting plan, rather than by relying on judicial intervention; and
(9) otherwise protect the best interests of the child.

(b) A permanent parenting plan may consist of a general outline of how parental responsibilities and parenting time will be shared and may allow the parents to develop a more detailed agreement on an informal basis; however, a permanent parenting plan must set forth the following minimum provisions:

(1) Designation of the legal custodial relationship of the child;
(2) a schedule for the child’s time with each parent, when appropriate;
(3) a provision for a procedure by which disputes between the parents may be resolved without need for court intervention; and
(4) if either parent is a service member, as defined in K.S.A. 60-1630, and amendments thereto, provisions for custody and parenting time upon military deployment, mobilization, temporary duty or unaccompanied tour of such service member.

(c) A detailed permanent parenting plan shall include those provisions required by subsection (b), and may include, but need not be limited to, provisions relating to:

(1) Residential schedule;
(2) holiday, birthday and vacation planning;
(3) weekends, including holidays and school inservice days preceding or following weekends;
(4) allocation of parental rights and responsibilities regarding matters pertaining to the child’s health, education and welfare;
(5) sharing of and access to information regarding the child;
(6) relocation of parents;
(7) telephone access;
(8) transportation; and
(9) methods for resolving disputes.

(d) The court shall develop a permanent parenting plan, which may include such detailed provisions as the court deems appropriate, when:

(1) So requested by either parent; or
(2) the parent or parents are unable to develop a parenting plan.