Dutch law requires that in the case of minor children (younger than eighteen), the requesting party must submit a parenting plan to the court. The plan must be signed by both parties.

Sometimes, however, the parents do not reach an agreement or communication about this is not possible at all. In that case, the requesting party must explain the lack of a parenting plan to the court. The requesting party may also choose to submit his or her proposed draft version of the parental plan to the court.