Parenting Plans

About Parenting Plans

The purpose of a parenting plan is to determine a somewhat predictable and consistent residential schedule for your children between two homes. It can include topics such as:

  • Sharing holidays and special dates
  • Travel and vacations
  • Extended family and friends
  • Schedule changes
  • Making important decisions
  • Expenses
  • Communicating with kids when away

Whilst it is not legally enforceable, it serves the purpose of reducing conflict by clarifying the understanding (therefore the expectation) between parents.

If you want the plan to be legally binding, you’ll need a court to review and issue a court order making the plan binding within what is known as a parenting order.

There is no required format for a parenting plan.

Making a parenting plan is cheaper and less stressful than going to court for a parenting order.

Community-based family support services that offer dispute resolution can help parents make a parenting plan to suit the particular family circumstances.

You can find further guidance and an example of a parenting plan that you can complete yourself on the Relationships Australia website here, or use the button below.

Print off this template then complete the various sections as guided.