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Parenting Plans


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Michelle McDermott

Parenting Plans are one option for parties to set out in writing any agreement reached in relation to parenting arrangements for their child/children.

Parenting Plans are mutually agreed between the parties without a need to go to court. The family law legislation intended these documents to be a less formal approach to documenting agreements, which had the potential of being flexible and adapted to suit the best interests of the children at any particular stage of their development. There is no requirement for either party to seek legal advice prior to entering into a Parenting Plan.

Parenting Plans can deal with parental responsibility, the live with and spend time with arrangements of the children, in addition to arrangements for significant occasions of the children and parents. They can include detail of how changeover may be facilitated, how the parties wish to settle any future dispute that may arise regarding parenting issues and even cover the amount of child support a person is to pay.

If there is a later dispute and Court proceedings are commenced, then the Court will take into account the intentions of the parties and compliance to the terms set out in any Parenting Plan previously signed by the parties.

Parenting Plans have the ability to override any parenting orders in force that are contradictory.

Parenting Plans however have not been as common as perhaps the legislators had hoped. This may well be due to Parenting Plans, in themselves, not being enforceable like Court Orders.



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