The greatest benefit of choosing mediation is that it enables divorcing spouses to make their own decisions. In dividing parenting time, for example, a judge might choose a standard schedule that’s used in many other cases. In mediation, spouses can structure a parenting plan that best fits their children’s needs.
A parenting plan is a voluntary agreement that covers the day to day responsibilities of each parent, the practical considerations of a child’s daily life, as well as how parents will agree and consult on important long-term issues about their children. It can be changed at any time as long as both parents agree.
Separation can be painful for everyone involved – especially children. During this challenging time, children need support, love and contact with both of their parents and other significant people, such as grandparents. Some certainty for the future is also important for everyone. The family law system encourages separating parents to work out arrangements for children between themselves without going to court. One way parents can set out the arrangements they wish to put into place for their children is to make a parenting plan.
What is best for your child is the most important thing for you to consider when you make your parenting plan.
To be a parenting plan under the Family Law Act 1975, the plan must be made and signed by both parents of the child. However, other persons, such as grandparents or step-parents, can be included in a parenting plan.
Yvonne is a professional mediator who can help you and your family work towards a more positive future. In a confidential and neutral environment, Yvonne can guide your family through this difficult period and reach agreeable outcomes.