Parenting plans/orders were introduced into the Family Law Act 1975, in 1996 by the Family Law Reform. The plans/orders can be compared to custody/court orders (1.1.C.70) that were issued before the Law Reform.
Generally, parenting plans/orders give both parents (1.1.P.10) equal legal responsibility (1.1.L.20) for their child, unless specified otherwise. If a parenting plan/order does not specify that only one person has legal responsibility for the child, it is taken that each parent has joint legal responsibility for the child.
For the purposes of FA and the Social Security Act 1991, a parenting plan has the meaning given by the Family Law Act 1975. Generally, it is a written agreement made between the parents of a child, which is signed and dated by both parents. Parenting plans deal with any aspect of the care, welfare or development of the child, or any other aspect of parental responsibility for a child. They are an alternative to court making decisions about such matters. A parenting plan may specify:
Examples: Arrangements for residence, contact and child support.
Act reference: Family Law Act 1975 refer to section 4(1) Interpretation - 'parenting plan', and section 63C Meaning of parenting plan and related terms
Last reviewed: 6 April 2009