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Parenting Plans

Parenting Plans

Helping You To Formulate a Parenting Plan That Works

In cases where parents of minor children are experiencing difficulties co-parenting, mediation is a powerful and effective tool to assist them to reach agreement on all the major aspects related to the upbringing and care of their children. These arrangements are recorded in a Parenting Plan.

Our expert family law mediators make use of sophisticated conflict resolution techniques and their extensive legal knowledge to guide parties to agree on a Parenting Plan which is fair, practical, and, most importantly, in the best interests of the minor children.

We assist our clients to reach a consensus on the following aspects related to the exercise of their respective Parental Responsibilities and Rights:

  • Care and Contact, including
  • Primary Residence / Shared Residence regimes
  • Contact rights of non-resident parents
  • Guardianship and major decision-making
  • Maintenance

As part of the above-mentioned issues, we help our clients to discuss the practical side of things, such as schooling, religious upbringing, travel arrangements, and contact with extended family.

Parenting Plan Services

We have tailored various Parenting Plan packages to cater to the needs and budgets of a wide variety of people. Whilst the scope and mandate of our engagement differs from package to package, we provide specialized, high-quality legal services to all our clients with all our packages.

In all our packages, we give our clients access to our wide range of information material which will assist them to better understand the process and legal issues involved in having a Parenting Plan.

Steps involved in obtaining a Parenting Plan

Step 1

The parents discuss and reach consensus on the issues they would like included in the Parenting Plan

Step 2
The agreement between the parents is reduced to writing and is signed by both parents
Step 3
The Parenting Plan is sent to the Office of the Family Advocate to be registered OR an application is made to court to have the Parenting Plan made an order of court.

Four reasons why you should consider mediating a parenting plan:

  1. Save time and money, and avoid trauma.
    Agreeing on a Parenting Plan is much less costly, time-consuming and traumatic than litigation. Children’s litigation can be particularly time-consuming and traumatic considering the experts required to investigate such matters – such experts are frequently quite costly.
  2. Parenting Plans are focused on problem-solving rather than blame-shifting.
  3. Parenting Plans focus on the realistic, and reasonable needs of the parties. Where Court litigation inevitably leads to a winner/loser scenario, a Parenting Plan assists the parties to find real, practical solutions collaboratively.
  4. The Children’s Act makes it mandatory to attempt to agree on a Parenting Plan in disputes involving children.
    The Children’s Act requires parents to try to mediate a parenting plan before approaching the Court in cases where disputes exist.
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