Sometimes when parents are separating there can be difficulty in deciding how to deal with arrangements for the care of their children. Whilst matters can start out being agreed, things over time can change. The arrangements may also need to change as the children get older. One way to deal with this is to enter into a parenting plan.
Parenting plans are a written agreement which set out how parents have decided they are going to manage the care of their children at present and in the future, and how they will exercise shared parental responsibility after relationship breakdown. Parenting plans are not a form of court order and are therefore not enforceable by the court, however, they set out the intentions between separating couples as to how they plan to co-parent.
The benefits of entering into a parenting plan are that they provide a framework of all matters relating to the children which each parent can refer back to. Each parenting plan will be different depending on the circumstances of each family. The topics surrounding the children which can be included in any plan are limitless, but a few examples are as follows:
Parenting plans are aimed to show a shared commitment by parents to their children and should be drawn up and signed by both of them once agreed.
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