What is a Parenting Plan and When is It Used?

March 23, 2016 – at 4:18 am – by Bodekers Family Lawyers

In Perth, Western Australia, a parenting plan is a formal agreement drawn up between the parents of a child, concerning the division of care and responsibility of that child.

Specifically, the Family Law Act (Cth) 1975 provides that a parenting plan is an agreement that:

  1. Is in writing; and
  2. Was made between the parents of a child; and
  3. Is dated and signed by the parents of a child; and
  4. Deals with at least one of the specified matters.

The specified matters that parenting plans deal with include, but are not limited to:

  1. The person/persons with whom a child is to live;
  2. The time a child is to spend with another person/persons;
  3. The allocation of parental responsibility for a child; and
  4. The financial maintenance of a child.

A parenting plan may deal with multiple issues and should have the best interests of the child as a priority.

Matters concerning children can be complex. If you think you might require help putting together a parenting plan, or with any other family law related matters, you should seek legal advice from one of our experienced family law solicitors. We invite you to discuss your particular situation with our Legal Practitioner Director, Ms. Shannon Bodeker, who is very experienced in family law matters.

Prior to your first appointment, you may send us an email, fax or similar, outlining your situation in as much detail as you like. This information will be read on a complimentary basis prior to your first family law appointment.

Please note this is not family law advice. It is important to seek specific family law advice. We are very experienced Perth family law solicitors and can provide you with the very best legal advice regarding children’s matters.

Email our Legal Practitioner Director Shannon Bodeker at info@bodekers.com.au now for your complimentary pre-read and your first appointment at a reduced rate