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19 J. Am. Acad. Matrimonial Law. 223 (2004-2005)
The AAML Model for a Parenting Plan

handle is hein.journals/jaaml19 and id is 237 raw text is: Model Parenting Plan

The AAML Model for a
Parenting Plan
Mary Kay Kisthardt*
I. Introduction
The American Law Institute's Principles on the Law of Fam-
ily Dissolution ( ALI Principles) were published in 2002.1 These
principles, which were developed over nearly a decade, reflect
the thinking of prominent family law scholars, practitioners and
judges concerning the legal consequences of marital dissolution:
child custody, child support, distribution of marital property and
compensatory payments to former spouses.2 As a leading voice
* Professor of Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
Professor Kisthardt serves as the Reporter for the AAML ALI Commission.
I American Law Institute, Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution:
Analysis and Recommendations (2002) [hereinafter AL Principles].
2 Commentaries on the Principles have been extensive. See, e.g., Sympo-
sium, the ALl Family Dissolution Principles: Blueprint to Strengthen or Decon-
struct Families? 2001 B.Y.U.L.REv. 857. Included are: Francis J. Catania, Jr.,
Learning from the Process of Decision: The Parenting Plan, p. 857; Craig W.
Dallon, The. Likely Impact of the ALl Principles of the Law of Family Dissolu-
tion on Property Division, p. 891; James Herbie DiFonzo, Toward a Unified
Theory of the Family: The American Law Institute's Principles of the Law of
Family Dissolution, p. 923; William C. Duncan, Domestic Partnership Laws in
the United States: A Review and Critique, p. 961; F. Carolyn Graglia, A
Nonfeminist's Perspectives of Mothers and Homemakers Under Chapter 2 of the
ALl Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution, p. 993; Lino A. Graglia, Sin-
gle-Sex Marriage: The Role of Courts, p. 1013; Terry S. Kogan, Competing
Approaches to .Same-Sex Versus Opposite-Sex, Unmarried Couples in Domestic
Partnership Laws and Ordinances, p. 1023; Gregory A. Loken, The New Ex-
tended Family-De Facto Parenthood and Standing Under Chapter 2, p. 1045;
David D. Meyer, What Constitutional Law Can Learn from the ALl Principles
of Family Dissolution, p. 1075; Janet Leach Richards, Resolving Relocation Is-
sues Pursuant to the ALI Family Dissolution Principles: Are Children Better
Protected? p. 1105; Mark Strasser, A Small Step Forward: The ALI Domestic
Partners Recommendation, p. 1135; David M. Wagner, Balancing Parents Are
and Parents Do in the Supreme Court's Constitutionalized Family Law: Some
Implications for the ALl Proposals on De Facto Parenthood, p. 1175; Lynn D.
Wardle, Deconstructing Family: A Critique of the American Law Institute's Do-

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