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Parenting Orders are about:

• Evaluating whether the children would benefit from having a meaningful relationship with their parents or other interested parties (such as grandparents);

• Evaluating how much time and under what conditions (if any) the children should live with, spend time with and communicate with their parents and other interested parties, with reference to what is in the children’s best interests given their and their parents (or other interested parties) particular circumstances;

• Reaching an agreement with the other parent (or other interested party) as to how much time and under what conditions (if any) the children should live with, spend time with, and communicate with their parents and other interested parties and documenting same in a legally binding manner (Parenting Plan or Consent Order);

• If agreement cannot be reached, engaging the Court to decide as to what time (if any) and under what conditions (if any) the children should live with, spend time with , and communicate with their parents and other interested parties;
• Parenting arrangements also include “specific issues” such as obtaining passports, changing surnames and changing schools.

In some instances, parenting plans are a more appropriate arrangement than parenting orders.

For more information about parenting orders and parenting plans, contact Freedom Law today.