Parenting Plans

Expert legal advice on Parenting Plans from Brisbane family lawyers

Key Points

A Parenting Plan is any written, signed and dated agreement made between parents. A Parenting Plan can contain the following:

  • who the children will live with;
  • the time the children will spend with each parent;
  • parental responsibility;
  • communication issues;
  • medical and educational issues;
  • processes to resolve disputes about the children;
  • any other aspect dealing with the care, welfare and development of the child.


There are two options to record your parenting agreement:

  • Parenting Plans; or
  • Consent Orders.

Parenting Plans are helpful in the following circumstances:

  • where the children are very young and their needs will change;
  • where there are certain circumstances unknown (e.g. where one parent will live);
  • where parents want a flexible arrangement and/or an arrangement that is periodically reviewed;
  • where there is a pre-existing co-parenting relationship and a high degree of trust and cooperation.

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