Australian family law places great emphasis on what is in the best interests of the child following the separation of their parents. Any agreement you make in respect of your children should be based on this principle.
A parenting plan is an agreement between you and your former partner and outlines the parenting arrangements for your children. Typically, a parenting plan will describe where you children will live, where they will go to school, how decisions regarding their parenting will be made, how much time will be spent with each parent, arrangements for birthdays, holidays and other special events, even how they will communicate with each parent.
It is important to note a parenting plan is not legally enforceable but it should be a written document signed by both parents. Where the relationship between you and your former partner is amicable a parenting plan may be all you need to best raise your children as separated parents.
That said, whilst your relationship is amicable now, circumstances can and do change. For peace of mind and protection you may elect to make your agreement a legally enforceable one. To do this you will need to apply to the court for consent orders.
To determine which pathway is right for you contact us to book a time to discuss your unique circumstances with one of our expert family lawyers.