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What is a parenting plan?

Information about a parenting plan.

A parenting plan is an agreement in writing that sets out parenting arrangements for children.

It is usually made between parents but it could also include other people, like grandparents or other people who have a special interest in the child.

Each party should get independent legal advice before making a parenting plan. It must be made without duress.

Parenting plans:

  • can be used as a defence to an application claiming that there has been a breach of a parenting order
  • may include a child support agreement.

A parenting plan may also be used to vary a parenting order that has been made by a court.

More information


Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)

  • Part 7 Div. 4—the law about parenting plans

See Family Law Act 1975 (Cth).

Child Support Assessment Act 1989 (Cth)

  • s. 84(1)—matters that can be included in a child support agreement

See Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 (Cth).


VLA website

Find legal answers—If you agree on parenting arrangements.

Family Court

For a basic overview of parenting plans see Family Court—If you agree on arrangements.

Family law practice and commentary

See [13-180] ‘Emphasis on parenting plans’ in CCH—Australian family law practice and commentary.