Parenting plans

Parenting plans are written plans that can include an agreement about the amount of time your children will be in each parent’s care.

If you and the other parent can agree, we recommend you make a parenting plan. This is a good way for you to have overnight or daytime care recognised in your assessment.

If the care you provide changes, we may use the care that’s actually occurring when making your assessment rather than the care set out in the parenting plan.

Things that may be included in a parenting plan are:

  • where your children will live
  • time spent with each parent
  • time spent with other people, such as grandparents
  • how you’ll share parental responsibility and consult each other, for example which school your children will attend
  • how you’ll communicate with the other parent or with other people, such as by phone, email or letters
  • what arrangements need to be made for special days, such as birthdays and holidays
  • what process can be used to change the plan or resolve any disagreements about the plan, and
  • any other issue about parental responsibility or the care, welfare and development of your children
A Family Relationship Centre can help you develop a parenting plan.

When there are major changes to your care arrangements, you should try to make a new parenting plan with the other parent.

If you have a written agreement, parenting plan or a court order about your care arrangements, you must give a copy to us. This will help make sure we have the same information about care from both parents and can calculate your child support assessment correctly.

Read more about how your percentage of care can affect your child support payments.

Page last updated: 29 December 2016

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