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Coming to a Parenting Agreement

A parenting plan is a written agreement between parents covering practical parenting responsibilities. It should be made with a shared commitment to put the best interests of your child and their future first.

A parenting plan documents practical decisions about how you will raise your children including:

  • Religion, values and principles
  • Major decisions – such as moving schools, moving house or new partners
  • Living and contact arrangements – agreed periods children will spend with each parent
  • Transport and children’s activities – arrangements to support children’s activities such as sports, hobbies, sleepovers or social activities
  • Changeovers – time and location for children to transfer from one parent to the other
  • Child care and supervision
  • Housekeeping – arrangements for sharing belongings between to homes
  • Communication with children while apart
  • Contact with grandparents, relatives and friends
  • Special days – how time is divided on special occasions such as birthdays, school holidays, Christmas etc.

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