family law

Parenting Plans

Have you recently separated, or are you about to?

Resolving a dispute about the arrangements for your children can be very difficult. We recommend parents who are trying to make suitable arrangements for their children after a separation start working out a Parenting Plan.

If you do go to court, it is likely that the Judges will expect you to have started a parenting plan. Even if you settle your dispute using non-court methods it can be useful to have a written plan to help come to an agreement with your child’s other parent.

Cafcass guide

Cafcass have produced a helpful and useful guide for a Parenting Plan, available as a PDF file. The Plan is also available as a Microsoft Word file, as an outline plan, allowing you to amend, or print it out. This will help you formulate your own plan.

Take a look at the Cafcass website for full details.

You can use this helpful resource to start working out a plan that will work for you and your child. If possible, involve your child’s other parent in the process.

The Plan is intended to help parents in a variety of situations and is supported by other services that may be able to provide additional help to you and your child.

Cafcass is an organisation that looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings. They work with children and their families, and advise the courts on what they consider to be in the best interests of the children involved in a dispute.

We can help

Our family law solicitors can help you to find ways to resolve your dispute and make the right decisions for your children.

If you need any further help and advice please contact our specialist family law solicitors on 0121 705 7571 or email

Further reading:

Separation (Family Law)

Contact with children (Family Law)

Child Arrangements Orders (Family Law)

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