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Family Law | What Is A Parenting Plan?

Updated: Dec 15, 2023

A parenting plan is a vital document that clarifies the arrangements for caring for children between parents after a divorce or separation. It is a written agreement that is child-centric and covers an array of practical issues related to parenting.

The main aim of a parenting agreement is to avoid court proceedings and constructively work together to provide children with a safe and secure environment. This environment will benefit them throughout their childhood and enable them to develop into strong, confident, and happy adults in the future.

What Does a Parenting Plan Cover?

A parenting plan should cover everything related to the day-to-day care of a child, as well as all special occasions relevant to your family and unique situation. It may include:

  • Living arrangements for the child

  • Financial responsibilities, including child support

  • Education and extracurricular activities

  • Healthcare and medical decisions

  • Occasions

By addressing these issues in a parenting plan, parents can avoid misunderstandings and potential conflicts that could negatively affect their child's well-being.

Using a Parenting Plan Template

To help parents create a comprehensive and effective parenting plan, we have put together a practical document template. This template defines the parenting arrangement and important aspects that parents need to consider when creating a plan.

You can download our parenting plan template HERE.

Is a Parenting Plan Legally Binding?

A parenting plan is not automatically legally binding. However, parents have the option of formalising the agreement through a Consent Order. This legal document is a court order that makes the parenting plan legally enforceable.

If you wish to discuss formalising your parenting plan, please contact us. We can guide you through the process and help ensure that your child's best interests are protected. Contact me also if you need assistance with a Travel Consent Form.

Family Law Department

0207 183 2450

The information provided in this article is not intended to constitute professional advice and you should take full and comprehensive legal, accountancy or financial advice as appropriate on your individual circumstances by a fully qualified Solicitor, Accountant or Financial Advisor/Mortgage Broker before you embark on any course of action


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