Sample Parenting Plan

A parenting plan does not have to take any specific form but it must be in writing and signed and dated by both parents. It must be freely agreed without any threat, duress or coercion.

Sample parenting plans can be found at the back of the Child Support Agency’s Me My Kids and My Ex and Relationships Australia’s Share the Care.

A parenting plan should cover:

  • The child’s place of residence.
  • Time spent with each parent.
  • Time spent with other people, such as grandparents.
  • How parents will share parental responsibility and consult about parenting decisions, such as selection of school.
  • Mode of communication with the parents and other people.
  • Special day arrangements, such as birthdays and holidays.
  • Processes for changing the plan.
  • Any other issue about parental responsibility or care, welfare or development of the child.

The agreement is voluntary and not enforceable. If the parties cannot reach agreement they can make an application for orders from the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

For further information we recommend you go to:

Family Relationships Online, Parenting Plan Guide

Family Relationships Online, An Introduction to Parenting Plans

Legal Aid Victoria, Parenting Arrangements and Child Contact


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