A Parenting Plan is a formal document that sets out, amongst other things, the parent’s agreement in relation to the care arrangements for their children following separation. Parenting Plans can include a number of matters relating to the children, including, but not limited to, the time that the children will spend with each parent, communication between the children and their parents, changeover time and location and interstate and overseas travel arrangements.
In essence, a Parenting Plan is a guide or blueprint for parents to follow so that there is a clear outline of the arrangements for the children that are agreed between the parents.
Some parents do not want the formalities that come with the legally binding and enforceable nature of Consent Parenting Orders, and we understand that. At Jones Mitchell Family Lawyers we draft Parenting Plans to be as multifaceted or as straightforward as you and your family require.
There are Parenting Plans in which one parent has most of the responsibility for the major long term decisions in respect of the children, such as in sole parental responsibility and care plans. There are also plans in which both parents share time and responsibility for the children more equally, such as in equal time and equal shared parental responsibility plans.
The best plans are those discussed and accepted by both parents and based upon the changing needs of the children.
These types of plans encourage and promote a close, separate and ongoing relationship between each parent and their children. Parenting plans enable and promote a co-parenting relationship between parents for the benefit of their children. In addition, Parenting Plans should encourage children to maintain contact with their relatives – especially with their grandparents and their extended family. This assures that the children will receive the love and support they need.
For help to prepare a Parenting Plan that suit you and your family, please contact us.