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Devising a parenting plan - Parent moving interstate

Hello first of all, ignore my username, it was devised when I was still with my husband in regards to child support. So no I am not a money hungry woman lol…

Anyway back to task at hand.

My husband and I separated and currently he sees the children every second weekend and whenever he or the children want in between.

However he has accepted a job in Victoria (I'm in Tassie) and he wishes to have the children go to stay with him holidays/Christmas etc.

I'm all for it - the kids love their dad - but for safety's sake I would like to enter a parenting plan.

My first question is are they legally enforceable?

Secondly what should be included?

I'm uneasy about unaccompanied travel (ages 12, 4 and 9 months).

I do want them to see their dad.

How can we go about this so its fair to everybody?

My main issue is a legal fallback if our relationship breaks down. It is not nastily motivated at all, I would just like peace of mind; we know in black and white what's going on, and the kids can know too.

Parenting plans are not enforceable. Orders are, Consent orders cost nothing to register. You have a legal fall-back with orders.

Airlines (Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Blue) unaccompanied children's policy is 5 years of age. A 12 year old cannot supervise younger children.

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Flying unaccompanied is not a problem at all in my opinion, my son did it for the best part of 2 years on a monthly basis (from age 9-11). As the SRL-resources it would not be permitted for the younger two as they are below 5. Jetstar, I believe, will not have UM's (unaccompanied minors) at all.

With Qantas, who my son flew with and therefore the carrier I am experienced with, were very good in general, however there's a few negative points. You child will be the last to board, but you are expected to book in earlier than others, so parking can get expensive and it can be quite annoying having to wait on passengers who are late, there's always at least one. Even if you book tickets online (just book them as adults) they try to make you pay the telephone booking fee (close to $30, if I recall correctly) to provide the UM information. I successfully managed to never pay. One sales person refused to do it without the fee, so I just phoned up later. I always used the fact that I phoned them up and was told by customer services that it could be waived. However I'm not sure what impact the new legislation in regard to the inclusion of all hidden costs (i.e. why cars now have to have the drive-away cost) (this might be NSW specific).

Dropping off and picking up is normally a breeze, the latter being the easiest as the crew member wants to get of shift asap.

Here's a link to Qantas's web page on Children travelling alone, highlighted below is the section that rules out UM's for Jetstar (it's on this page).  Qantas - Children Flying Alone

Travelling Alone on Jetstar said
Travelling on Jetstar
Jetstar generally requires that passengers are able to travel independently. The airline does not have the systems, staff or facilities required to assume responsibility for assistance and supervision of passengers. Children requiring supervision will not be regarded as able to travel independently on the basis that they may cause a disruption or endanger themselves or others if travelling unaccompanied. As a guide, children who are not yet attending secondary school will be regarded as unable to travel independently and will not be eligible to travel unless they are accompanied by an appropriate Accompanying Passenger. An Accompanying Passenger generally will be at least 15 years old. For more information regarding unaccompanied minors on Jetstar view the Jetstar website.

I think your major issue is that you need to establish who will pay for the travel costs. Especially given that your younger two won't (apparently) be allowed to fly unaccompanied, so either your ex or you will presumably have to go on planes with them. While things are still amicable between you and the ex, I think you should agree on how the travel costs are met and which of you will go with the kids (eg. You go with them to Victoria and he comes back with them to Tas etc).

It would be cheaper if one parent did both legs of the journey - how'd you like to have a solo holiday in Victoria? ;)

It would be cool if you could deliver them to him then go do your own thing for the week and then take them home. Maybe if this was appropriate you could pay for your fare and he could pay theirs - or you could go halves in theirs or something. Of course if it was every holiday I imagine you could get sick of "every piece of Victoria", lovely as it might be.

I gather that parenting plans aren't enforceable per se, but if you have one in place and a party breached it I imagine the plan would be fairly persuasive to the courts, who I believe generally like maintaining the status quo unless there's a problem.

Of course consent orders are fairly straightforward too if you and your ex are in agreement about that you want to happen. Good luck!
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