Following separation there are four approaches that parents can take when setting up future parenting arrangements for their children. Determining which approach is best depends on several factors.
How should I structure parenting agreements after separation?
If you are a parent who has recently separated, answer the 3 questions below to find out which approach might be suitable for your family. Read each question and answer A, B, C or D choosing the response that best describes your situation .
The communication between you and your ex is generally:
- Very good – we communicate regularly and easily and agree about most parenting matters;
- Good – we communicate when required and when we have differences, we work these out;
- Poor – we communicate mainly by text or email and struggle to resolve our differences;
- Non-existent – we are unable to communicate at all and disagree about everything.
The level of trust between you and your ex is generally:
- Very High – we keep our word and uphold our agreements;
- High – there have been a few minor issues with agreements not being followed;
- Low – there have been times when core agreements have not been followed;
- Very Low – there is no agreement to uphold.
Describe your preference regarding the structure for parenting arrangements:
- Very Low: flexibility and being able to change arrangements as needed is a high priority;
- Low: routine has a place but the ability to make changes to arrangements is more important;
- High: routine is important and the ability to make changes should be limited;
- Very High: consistency and certainty are very important.
Your results suggest…
Mostly A’s – A verbal agreement may be the suitable arrangement for your family.
Mostly B’s – A parenting plan may be the preferred pathway for your family .
Mostly C’s – A consent order may be the best option for your family.
Mostly D’s – A parenting order made by the court may be what is needed for your family.
What things should I include in my parenting arrangement?
For the things you should include in your parenting arrangement, see the image below and further information can be found here.
The above should in no way be construed as legal advice. If you would like legal advice about parenting arrangements or other family law matters call (07) 3548 5868 for a free 20-minute phone consultation with one of our family lawyers.