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Mary's Plan (Shared Parenting Plan Sample, Australia, 1997)

This parenting plan has worked successfully for the past 11 years.

The attached sample shared parenting plan has worked well, for the benefit of the child concerned, over the past 11 years.  It was registered with the FCA, in 1997 when parenting plans could be registered and had the effect of court orders.  This is no longer the case.  All names, dates, addresses, etc have been changed.

The plan covers many issues that someone preparing their own parenting plan might well consider.  It is not perfect and does not cover all issues.  It could have covered the issue of one parent making medical (or any) appointments that occur when the child is with the other parent and better outlined each parent's rights to access school time, documents and placement on emergency contact lists.  The halving of Christmas Day was not practical and morphed into alternating each year, with the child also being with one parent's extended family on Boxing Day (which was a day they typically met together).  Additionally, details of times spent with each parent could be defined more specifically and the word "half" not used, but defined exactly.

This parenting plan ran out at the end of primary school, but has in fact continued on to Year 12 in spirit.  A trigger event(s) or opporunity(ies) might have been included for review at the end of primary school and perhaps after Year 11, when children tend to be more independent and become more involved in the operation of the plan.

As with other parenting plan examples and samples the benefit that can be gained is not in copying but in seeing how someone else has managed it, what issues they looked at and included and how they laid out the plan.  Your task then is to tailor a plan that is appropriate to your family situation, which is realistic (can both parents and the child(ren) really manage it) and which you and the other parent understand and own.

The legal situation has altered since this plan was developed, so it would be wise to check your plan with a Family Relationship Centre, family law courts, a solicitor and those who have walked this path before you (so feel free to anonymously discuss issues on this forum).

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Parents don't have to get on well for shared care to work well

Just a short note - I won shared care in 1999.

It was acrimonious but arrangements for children went well because we never had to see each other basically. The children were swapped at schools and child care.

The idea that parents have to 'get along' in my view is not an issue . It worked for us and we still don't get along - in fact in 12 years the only time we have been together is in a court room.



 Maybe I am not explaining myself well enough
That is so nice to hear Jon, and I bet a fair percentage of children's parents cannot get along anyway.

I am currently embarking upon Shared Care, and have recently moved to the area the children live to facilitate this.
Jon Pearson said
Just a short note - I won shared care in 1999. It was acrimonious but arrangements for children went well because we never had to see each other basically. The children were swapped at schools and child care.

The idea that parents have to 'get along' in my view is not an issue . It worked for us and we still don't get along - in fact in 12 years the only time we have been together is in a court room.
I completely agree and this was one reason we spent a lot of effort and time getting rid of "Entrenched Conflict" from the revised legislation. We are still very concerned that Judicial officers are not taking this message on board in anumber of casesrecently. We expect hand over at Schools and Child Care centers. We will not support continued orders being made for hand over at "Police Stations".

We need to get this message of yours / ours to the Attorney General because it is simply not good enough. One of our site posters Malsteen has just had exactly this sort of order made and the sole reason is the parties cannot communicate with each other…

Too bad we say hand over at school is the best for all. One parent drops off and the other picks up. Both then have also other school parent interactions.:(

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Problems during changeover at a Police Station

So very valid those comments!  I used to have changeover at a Police Station, and on several occasions the Mother would stop a police car entering and tell them I was abusive and probably drunk!

A low act from her, but true.  So I would be tested for alchohol and have to give my side of the story, even though the Mother would have at all times been 20 metres from my vehicle in the carpark.

Nice work and congats on the site and efforts.   ;)

Actually, my partner and I were happy for handovers to take place at police stations.

When they occurred at McDonalds and other public places, false allegations were made about my partners conduct (which was polite and corteous, always… to a fault).

The problem was, we could never get an affidavit about something that never occurred. People weren't interested.

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