Parental plan guide

Do you want to find out how to raise your child with your ex-partner without dispute?  MIAMS Mediation Greater Manchester enables couples to work on a plan to best parent your children together.

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Parenting Plan Tips

There are a few tips that will help you in planning ahead when working on a parenting plan with your ex partner following a separation. 

A parental plan is formal plan, which is a written document that contains all the outlines and the agreements that you have made with your ex-partner including the guidelines to raise your children.

A parenting plan is not a legal document but usually forms part of the child arrangement agreement.

The benefit of the parenting plan with MIAMS Greater Manchester is that it gives you to chance consider all the different scenarios that you might face and you will offer a  possible solution for them.

MIAMS Greater Manchester parenting plan Tips

It is necessary to outline the agreed-upon living arrangements and even your commitments regarding your visitations on holidays and on vacations.

Just take care of a few things:

Now, you know what all you should include in your parenting plan, you can even add some additions points too, about which you are considered.

It is better to go for separated parent mediation, as it will help you resolve the issues and doesn’t let your separation affect your parenthood.

What are the Key Considerations of a Parental Plan - MIAMS Greater Manchester

Creating a parental plan with MIAMS Greater Manchester family mediation involves several important considerations to ensure the best interests of the child are met. Here are key aspects to consider:

1. Best Interests of the Child The primary focus is always the well-being and best interests of the child, including their physical and emotional needs.

2. Child Arrangements Order: If parents cannot agree, they may apply for a child arrangements order through the family courts, but this should be a last resort.

3. Equal Time: The plan should address how the child will spend time with each parent, aiming for arrangements that allow for equal time where appropriate and practical.

4. Child Support and Maintenance: Details on child support payments and child maintenance responsibilities need to be clearly outlined.

5. Health Care: Both parents should agree on how the child’s health care needs will be met, including decisions about medical treatments and routine care.

6. Education and Child Care: The plan should cover educational arrangements and child care, ensuring consistency and stability for the child.

7. Dispute Resolution; Procedures for resolving future disagreements should be included, possibly involving a mediator or other support services.

8. Immediate Risk of Harm; The plan must consider and address any immediate risk of harm to the child, ensuring their safety at all times.

9. Practical Issues: Practical issues such as transportation, holidays, and special occasions should be clearly planned out.

10. Communication: Effective communication methods, like regular phone calls or emails between parents, should be established to facilitate ongoing cooperation.

11. Support Services and Organisations: Utilize support services and organisations, such as CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service), to assist in the mediation process.

12. Local Authority Involvement In some cases, the local authority may need to be involved, especially where there are concerns about the child’s welfare.

13. Court Proceedings and Applications: Understand that if mediation fails, the next step might involve court applications and proceedings, but family mediation should always be the first step.

14. Young People’s Views: Consider the views and preferences of the young people involved, as appropriate for their age and maturity.

Family mediation services in England and Wales are designed to help parents create workable, fair, and sustainable parental plans without the need for court intervention, ensuring a more harmonious and cooperative approach to co-parenting. For more information or to start the mediation process, contact us and speak to the MIAMS Greater Manchester Family Mediation Service

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