At Aequitas Mediation we understand that separation and conflict can cause massive disruption to Parents and children’s lives. We know that Parents can minimise this disruption on children by communicating and cooperating with each other. To assist Parents with resolving their Parenting Matters we offer Child Focused Practice and Child Inclusive Practice.
During Parenting mediation we assist Parents to discuss and agree upon a range of issues relating to children. These issues include and are not limited to:
- Time Spent/Living Arrangements
- Wellbeing & Safety
- Parental Responsibility
- Grand-Parenting Issues
- Children related expenses (not child support)
If parents are able to reach an agreement in mediation, the Mediator will draft the agreement into a Parenting Agreement.
A Parenting Agreement is a good-faith agreement between separated Parents that has been formalised into a written document. Once the Parenting Agreement is signed by both Parents then it becomes a Parenting Plan under the Family Law Act. Parenting Agreements/Plans are not enforceable by the Family Court and rely on the good-faith and co-operation of the separated parents to work together effectively.
If parents require a formal agreement they are able to apply for legally binding Consent Orders. The Parenting Plan can be attached to the relevant Family Court paperwork and filed into the Family Court. At this point, we strongly recommend legal advice is sought prior to filing the papers into the Family Court.
If you would like further information about the process and associated fees, please don’t hesitate to contact us.