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Parenting Arrangements & Child Support

What is a Parenting Plan?

by Pigdon Norgate

A parenting plan is a written agreement signed by each parent. A parenting plan can deal with many matters involving your children including:

  1. where your children are going to live;
  2. the time your children are to spend with each parent;
  3. when and how the children will communicate with each parent and perhaps other family members;
  4. how you, as parents, are going to managing important decisions for your children such as:
    • what school they attend;
    • how you address the educational needs of each child;
    • which activities a child will be involved in, such as sport and music;
    • how you will deal with disagreements about important decisions;
    • how you will communicate with each other, such as a communication book, email or text message;
    • the process to be used for changing the parenting plan, such as attending upon a family therapist.

The scope of issues that a parenting plan can cover is very broad and will vary depending on the circumstances of your particular family.

It is important to note that parenting plans are not enforceable by the Court, however, they can be a very useful in promoting cooperative parenting and minimising conflict.

If you would like further information regarding parenting plans please contact us to discuss.