WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE GUIDED PARENTING PLAN AND TRADITIONAL MEDIATION?
The Guided Parenting Plan is still a type of mediation. The parents have more time to consider the aspects of what would work for them.
There is not the pressure to decide then and there. Each parent can consider what any draft agreement may mean for the children.
It is an opportunity to make agreements without needing to speak with your former partner, to reflect on the pros and cons of the proposals and to know that this is really in the best interests of the child.
Mediation resolves issues between former partners. The Guided Parenting Plan is a type of Mediation that assists separating couples through being educated, mentored and occasionally challenged to ensure that their proposals are in the best interests of the children and not themselves.
For either path, the same mediator will follow your case from beginning to end.
Please note, our goal is to keep you out of Court.
If the Guided Parenting Plan is not effective for you, we will transition you to a traditional mediation prior to issuing you with a Section 60I Certificate which allows you to commence Court proceedings.
In the Family Law System, Parenting Plans and Property Settlements are treated quite differently.
No aspect of a parenting plan hinges on any property settlement or monetary outcome. It is unethical for us to include any such clause. Examples of what we have been asked to include but declined have been:
- Parent A will provide the sum of $X if Parent B allows the child to have an extra night with them.
- Parent A will continue to pay Parent B’s car loan unless Parent B collects the child at 5pm on (day)
Link to Aust Govt Parenting Plan Information
Link to Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Website
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