Parenting Plans
A parenting plan - a written agreement between parents. It covers:
- day-to-day responsibilities of each parent
- practical considerations of a child’s daily life
- how parents will agree and consult on important long-term issues about their children
It can be changed at any time as long as both parents agree.
The process
Step 1
If parents end up in court at some later date, the court will consider the terms of the most recent parenting plan when making parenting orders. The court will also consider the extent to which both parents have complied with their obligations in relation to the child, which may include the terms of a parenting plan.
Step 2
The parents can agree to change parenting arrangements by a parenting plan (given the court order allows it and was made after 1 July 2006). This can be made without going back to court.
Step 3
Unless there are issues of violence or abuse, the law presumes that it is in the best interest of a child for the parents to have equal shared parental responsibility.
Step 4
If the child spending equal time with both of you is not appropriate, you could consider an arrangement that allows both parents to spend substantial and significant time with the child.
How can we assist?
One of our family law Solicitors will review your situation, advise you, and during the 2 hours consultation develop a written Parenting Plan for you.
Our one-off fixed fee for that is just $260 incl GST. The fee does not include work to negotiate the Parenting Plan with the other party.
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