Agreeing On a Parenting Plan

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If parents reach agreement about parenting matters for their children, it is important for any such agreement to be properly documented. Here, we discuss one way of documenting your parenting agreement: by entering into a Parenting Plan.

What is a Parenting Plan?

A Parenting Plan is a written agreement which is signed and dated by parents (and any other relevant person). It sets out arrangements for the care of children and can be as flexible or detailed to suit the needs of the family.

A Parenting Plan can deal with issues such as the living arrangements of a child, the time that a child will spend with each parent and other people (such as grandparents), the sharing of parental responsibility and any other matters that parents want to include.

Is a Parenting Plan enforceable?

A Parenting Plan is not enforceable as a Court order but if either party applies to the Court for orders that differ from a Parenting Plan, the Court will take into account the Parenting Plan provisions when determining what is in the best interests of the child.

How do I change a Parenting Plan?

Parents can change a Parenting Plan by entering into a subsequent Parenting Plan or Court order.

We can assist you to work out the best way to formalise your parenting agreement.