Parenting Plans & Exception to Dispute Resolution Process

In most cases, a final order in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship must include a parenting plan.

The following orders are not required to include a parenting plan:

(1) an order that only modifies child support;

(2) an order that only terminates parental rights; or

(3) a final order described by TFC Section 155.001(b).

If the parties have not reached agreement on a final parenting plan 30 days before the date set for trial on the merits, a party may file and serve a proposed parenting plan.

This does not preclude the parties from requesting a parenting coordinator to resolve parental conflicts.

Exception to Dispute Resolution Process

A parenting plan may have a requirement that a party initiate or participate in a dispute resolution process before filing a court action, but that does not apply to an action:

(1) to modify the parenting plan in an emergency;

(2) to modify child support;

(3) alleging that the child’s present circumstances will significantly impair the child’s physical health or significantly impair the child’s emotional development;

(4) to enforce.

If you need to make modifications to your parenting plan or divorce decree, we can help. Attorney Tim Whitten has practiced family law since 1992 and has been certified as a Family Law Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Located in Austin, Texas, we represent families from all backgrounds in the Austin metro area.

To schedule an appointment, call us today at (512) 790-5066 or contact our offices online. We provide personalized, honest and caring service.