A parenting plan is a written agreement entered into between the co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights setting out their arrangements in terms of the minor child’s care, where and with whom the child is to live, contact times with the other parent during weekends, weekdays and holidays, co-guardianship, aspects for joint decision-making such as schooling, medical treatment, maintenance payable and further general practical arrangements. A parenting plan can be registered with the Family Advocate, or made an Order of Court. When we draft parenting plans, we make provision for dispute resolution in future through either mediation or facilitation. Remember that children’s views must be given due consideration when they are old enough. We recommend that co-holders of parenting responsibilities and rights enter into a parenting plan to be made an order of court sooner rather than later. Do you need a parenting plan? Contact us for assistance.