Navigate your Parenting Agreements: You can lean into our expert advice

One of the most challenging tasks you may face as a parent in the throes of separation is to come up with a plan that works for your child or for each of your children, taking care of their best interests and their unique needs – and meets the different circumstances of you and your former partner. Ideally, you and the other parent can focus on the best interests of your child or children and figure out a practical plan for your family moving forward. Often, this is neither easy or straightforward. There are no set recipes or rules to help you reach an agreement about care for your children.

Your parenting agreements can be:

an oral agreement; and/or
a written agreement; or
an agreement that is put before a Court and formalised, known as Consent Orders.

A parenting plan is a written record of your agreements about the care of your child or children. You can choose any format that suits you for your document. Remember to sign and date your parenting plan.

A parenting plan is not a legally enforceable agreement. If in your circumstances, your arrangements are best made so that they can be enforced, Consent Orders, are a safer option for you.  While a parenting plan may work out less costly and possibly less stressful, you will need to balance out whether you may require your parenting agreement to be enforced in the future.

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Do You Need Help With Your Parenting Agreement?  How Anumis Legal Can Advise, & Assist You

When you are preparing your parenting arrangements we can consider your specific circumstances and assist you in the following ways including:

Where to start!

Topics to cover

What to leave out in your situation

How to negotiate your parenting plan

General advice about your parenting plan

What might happen if you cannot agree and what to do about it

Draft your Consent Orders for you

Provide your proposed Consent Orders to your former partner for review

File your Consent Orders with the Court

What happens if there is a breach of Consent Orders

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What Are Your Options When It Comes To Parenting Agreements?

Our Anumis Legal Family Law team are here to give you everything you need and so much more to ensure that you have the benefit of experience, practical advice and prompt attention to your particular circumstances.

For Your Complimentary Chat

Book an appointment so that we can advise you on your options regarding your Family Law needs, call Dr John or Nadine Love on 07 5455 6347 to book your complimentary chat, now.

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Are Parenting Agreements Legally Binding?

It is important that you understand the difference between a Parenting Plan, Parenting Orders by Consent (Consent Orders) and Parenting Orders Made by the Court (Court Orders).

A parenting plan is not legally enforceable. However, if you have Consent Orders or a Parenting Order in place, if you go ahead and make a parenting plan after the order, it will make any terms of the original order, which are varied, legally unenforceable. A parenting plan can be changed at any time by making another written agreement, which is signed and dated by the children’s parents.

If you apply to the Court for Consent Orders, you can make your agreement legally binding. Consent Orders have the same legal effect as Parenting Orders. You can only change Consent Orders by a further parenting plan, consent order or parenting order. Consent Orders are legally enforceable.

A parenting order is an order made by the Court about your arrangements for care of your children and your responsibilities. When the Court is considering what Orders to make, it relies on The Family Law Act 1975. A Parenting Order is legally enforceable.

There can be serious consequences, if you or the other parent disregards Orders made by Consent or Parenting Orders.
If you need to decide on the most appropriate parenting arrangements for you and your child or children, it is very important for you to get legal advice at your earliest opportunity. If your child/children are under the age of 4, check out our blog about parenting arrangements for the 0-4 year age group to learn more about the factors that need to be taken into consideration for this age group.

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How Anumis Legal Can Assist You With Your Parenting Agreements

Getting your parenting agreements right for your family requires patience, skill and understanding of your needs, your children’s needs and your best guess at your future needs. Your parenting arrangements are there to give you certainty and a necessary framework to rely on when life does not necessarily go as planned.
When you are making agreements and plans that will affect you and your children now and into your futures, it is wise to seek expert legal advice so that you have covered all the angles you need to consider to ensure that your parenting agreements are made in the children’s best interests and address the needs of your child or children.
We can also assist you with your parenting disputes including:

• Name Changes

• Stepparent’s rights

• Applying for a divorce

• Parenting Arrangements

Drafting and Filing Consent Orders
If you’d like to find out how we can assist you with your Parenting Agreement or Parenting Orders, depending on your situation, call our Family Lawyers Nadine Love or Dr John Cronin on 07 5455 6347 or email admin@anumis.com.au for your complimentary chat. We look forward to assisting you.

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Dr John Cronin

Dr John Cronin holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management, a PHD in socially responsible investment, and is pursuing a further PHD in superannuation law. In his earlier engineering career, he led numerous large-scale equipment design and infrastructure development projects. A former financial and investment advisor, Dr John has a wealth of experience across banking, finance, and investment.

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Nadine Love

Nadine Love specialises in Family Law from the perspective that legal processes can and must promote wellbeing. Therapeutic Jurisprudence informs her compassionate, practical, respectful provision of legal services. In her pre-law career, Nadine devoted decades to working with groups and individuals as a therapist, mentor, trainer, and author to assist her clients to find clarity, confidence, and voice. Nadine holds a Master of Arts in Dramatherapy. In 2020, Nadine was awarded the NSW Bar Association Prize for Civil Litigation and Evidence.

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