Parenting Plans are valid when they are signed and dated by both parties.  They are not the same as an Court Order or Consent Order as they are not enforcable.  In other words if one of the parties fails or refuses to comply with the agreement they cannot be forced to comply until a Court Order has been granted.  The signed and dated Parenting Plan can be produced as evidence of the agreement between the parties when a Court Order is sought.

Parenting Plans are usually agreed to between the parents through a family dispute resolution process where the parents concerns can be discussed and the children’s needs can be met by the parents.  Parenting arrangements are made to accommodate the needs of the parents and the children and will vary from family to family.