INSTRUCTIONS & CHECKLIST
PACKET “H” -- PERMANENT PARENTING PLAN
NOTE: If an Order of Protection has been issued by the Justice Court or Municipal Court, see Pro Se Packet
K for instructions on how to transfer the Order of Protection to District Court.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN: READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS AND FILL OUT A SENSITIVE DATA
The Montana Supreme Court has enacted Court Rules for Privacy and Public Access to Court Records in
Montana. These rules apply to all court records. There is certain information that you cannot put in a court
record which should be maintained as confidential.
Fill out the SENSITIVE DATA FORM in this packet to keep the following sensitive information
confidential in a court record:
Complete Social Security Numbers
Complete Financial Account Numbers (not usually applicable to parenting plans)
Full birth dates of any person involved in this case
Use these formats when required to put sensitive information in all other court documents in this packet:
For a social security number, use this format: XXX-XX-1234.
For a date of birth, use this format: age ___.
For the name of a minor child, use the child’s full name and age at the time Petition is
filed. For example, “Tyler Jones, age 3.”
File this form with your Petition. Keep a copy in a safe place.
The Clerk will keep the Sensitive Information Form separately. The public will not have access
to this document, unless the court orders it.
PETITIONING FOR A PERMANENT PARENTING PLAN:
There are LOTS of forms that will need to be completed. Take it step-by-step-- in order -- and it should make it easier for you. On
the top half of the first page of every court document there is a “heading” which identifies the party completing the form and a
“caption” which sets out the case description. Fill out the heading and caption exactly the same way on every form. Because
you filed this action, YOU ARE THE PETITIONER. You will always be the Petitioner, even if you are responding to other
documents filed in the case at a later time. Use initials of child(ren), do not put full name in caption. If you provide your email
address you must confirm with the Clerk of Court that you would like orders either physically mailed or emailed to you.
STEP 1. -- Filling Out The Forms
Note: You might want to use a pen with blue ink so you always know which are the originals and which are copies. Also, put
N/A (“not applicable”) in any spaces that don’t apply to your situation.
Fill in every section. Sign page 9 in two places in front of a notary public.
The Clerk of Court’s Office can notarize these documents. Notaries also can be found at banks, law
(Revision Date: 03/12