A parenting agreement makes it fair for everyone
A parenting agreement is a private agreement between two parents that is drawn up by a family lawyer. It covers all the legal rights, responsibilities and obligations the parents have in regards to their child or children. Parenting agreements do not get filed through the courts due to the amicable agreement from both parents.
If the parents are unable to come to any mutual agreements, they may need to apply for a Parenting Order or Consent Order through the courts. The courts will decide on the terms of the parenting arrangements, and once an order is made, those involved in the court's decision must comply with the order.
Best interests of the child
When parents are deciding on the terms of their parenting agreement, it is important that the best interests of the children involved in the agreement are taken into consideration.
When the court is establishing the arrangements of a parenting agreement or parenting order, it will take the requests of the parents into consideration, but above all it will determine the best interests of the child.
The court will always consider:
- The benefit to the child of having a meaningful relationship with both parents
- The need to protect the child from abuse, neglect or violence
We're here to help with all matters relating to parenting and children. We'll advise you on how and where to file your application, how to draft the appropriate court documents, and can help you prepare a parenting agreement or consent order.