A parenting plan is a written agreement between separated or divorced parents that outlines how they will share parental responsibilities and parenting time.
It can cover a range of issues, including how decisions will be made about the child’s education, health, and religion, as well as arrangements for where the child will live, how much time they will spend with each parent, and how they will communicate with both parents. A parenting plan is designed to provide a flexible and child-focused approach to co-parenting.
To make a parenting plan, both parents need to communicate openly and honestly with each other about their needs and preferences. They should also consider the child’s needs and preferences, taking into account their age and developmental stage.
Once the parenting plan is drafted, it should be reviewed and agreed upon by both parents. It is recommended that the plan is reviewed regularly to ensure it remains relevant and meets the changing needs of the child and the parents.
While a parenting plan is not legally binding, it can be used as evidence in court proceedings if necessary. It is recommended that parents seek the advice of a Geelong family lawyer when drafting a parenting plan to ensure it is fair and legally sound.
Geelong Legal can provide you with expert advice on creating a parenting plan that meets your family’s needs. We can help you negotiate a fair and workable agreement that focuses on the best interests of your child.