Parenting Plans

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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.

Four reasons why you should consider mediating a parenting plan:

  1. Mediation preserves relationships.
    Mediation is non-aggressive and non-confrontational. This helps parents to maintain a good relationship, which will help them to effectively co-parent in future.
  2. Save time and money, and avoid trauma.
    Mediation 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. Mediation is a powerful mechanism to sidestep the trauma and delays involved in such litigation.
  3. Mediation is focused on problem-solving rather than blame-shifting.
    Mediation is focussed on the realistic, and reasonable needs of the parties. Where Court litigation inevitably leads to a winner/loser scenario, mediation assists the parties to find real, practical solutions collaboratively.
  4. The Children’s Act makes mediation mandatory in disputes involving children.
    Mediation is required by law. The Children’s Act requires parents to try to mediate a parenting plan before approaching the Court in cases where disputes exist.
Cathleen Breedt Attorney

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