Many separating couples agree to put their parenting arrangements in writing. Having a written parenting plan provides clarity and avoids future confusion or misunderstanding as to how the agreement is to work in practice.
It’s also flexible which means it can be changed with consent to reflect changes in a child’s age, development and physical needs, in addition to any of your own change of circumstances.
A parenting plan is not binding nor is it legally enforceable. This means that if your ex-partner reneges on the agreement, it cannot be enforced through the courts.
The family courts can, however, take the latest parenting plan into consideration when making a parenting order, providing it is in the best interest of the child. A parenting order may be varied by a subsequent parenting plan.