agreement is usually reached through negotiation between the parents
You don’t have to get formal orders made about the arrangements for the children, you can organise informal agreements. Many separated parents have informal agreements in place about the parenting of their children. Court orders are not involved in this arrangement.
Agreement is usually reached through negotiation between the parents with or without the help of mediation or counselling services. Neither parent can make the other stick to an informal agreement.
Parenting Plans – A lawyer, family counsellor,family dispute resolution practitioner or family consultant (“an adviser”) can help you and your ex make a Parenting Plan. A Parenting Plan is a written agreement which is signed and dated and sets out arrangements for the care of your children. It can be changed by another signed written agreement.
Parenting plans create no legal obligations on parties. However, the Court can consider what has been agreed in a Parenting Plan if you have later court proceedings dealing with parenting issues.
Consent Orders – This is an agreement which can be made after negotiating with the other parent, usually with the help of a lawyer or dispute resolution service. A Consent Order is filed at, and approved by, the Court and is binding because the Court can be asked to enforce it.
Disclaimer : This article provides basic information only and is not a substitute for a professional or legal advice. It is prudent to obtain legal advice from a family lawyer.