What is a Parenting Plan?

What is a Parenting Plan? Resolve Conflict Family Law


A Parenting Plan is a parenting agreement that:

  • Is written;
  • Is made by the parents of a child;
  • Is signed by the parents of the child;
  • Is dated; and
  • Deals with any one or more of the following things:


  • who a child lives with
  • the time a child spends with the other parent, relatives or another person
  • the allocation of “parental responsibility” for a child
  • if two or more persons are to share parental responsibility for a child, the way those persons consult with one another about decisions to be made for the child
  • the (frequency and type of) communication a child is to have with other parent, relatives or another person
  • the financial support of a child
  • how disputes about the terms of the Parenting Plan are resolved
  • what process will be used to change the Parenting Plan to take account of the changing needs or circumstances of either the Child or the parties to the Parenting Plan
  • any aspect of the care, welfare of development of the Child or
  • any other aspect of parental responsibility for a Child.

A Parenting Plan is not binding or enforceable unless it is made after 1 July 2006 and amends a previous Court Order.

If the Parenting Plan is not binding or enforceable, the Court will however consider the contents of the Parenting Plan.

An agreement cannot be a Parenting Plan unless it is made free from any threat, duress or coercion.

It was only until 2003 that a Parenting Plan could be registered with the Court.

A Parenting Plan registered prior to the 2003 changes to the law, remains in force until it is revoked by agreement in writing by the parties or by Court Order.

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This article was first published on diyfamilylawaustralia.com

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