Parenting Plan

A Parenting Plan is a written agreement that sets out the parenting arrangements for children. The plan is worked out and agreed jointly. A Parenting Plan can include the same terms as would be included in Consent Orders.

Unless a Court orders otherwise, you and your former partner can agree to change an earlier parenting Order by entering into a Parenting Plan.

A Parenting Plan is not a legally enforceable agreement. It is different from a parenting Order, which is made by a court. A Parenting Plan is not filed but rather the parties just each keep a copy of the signed document. There are no legal ramifications for breaching a Parenting Plan.

Because a Parenting Plan is not enforceable, there needs to be a high level of trust, respect and communication between the parents. Parenting Plans are more flexible than Consent Orders and usually work well where the children are a bit older and where the parents have an amicable relationship post-separation and where they can work together for the benefit of the children.

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