10 reasons to write a Parenting Plan

Sally Clark Blog

A Parenting Plan involves parents working together to find solutions to everyday childcare issues and family arrangements without the need to go to court. It encourages them to think carefully about family life after separation or divorce.

Here are 10 reasons why The Parenting Plan can have a positive impact on family life:


  1. The Parenting Plan is designed to put your children’s best interests at the forefront of your decision making, encouraging you to think about their needs at every stage.

  2. It is free and easy to download at www.cafcass.gov.uk and can also be completed online, making it as simple as possible for both parents to access and collaborate via phone, email or in person.

  3. It opens up the conversation between parents and gives them a framework for discussion and debate.

  4. It is designed to be used by parents between themselves or with the support of a family mediator, who can help them work out solutions to issues they are finding it hard to resolve.

  5. It will inevitably raise issues that neither parent had anticipated such as who will look after the children if they are off school sick or how will a new partner be introduced to the family.

  6. The Plan gives everyone an element of certainty about the future and how family occasions such as Christmas, holidays and parents’ evenings will be managed.

  7. It provides a reference point and reminder of the decisions that were made, even when everyone’s situation has moved on.

  8. Grandparents and other family members can be included in the discussions if they have an important role in family life and childcare.

  9. The plan covers arrangements for children and co-parenting but does not stray into contentious territory such as dividing assets and finances.

  10. Some family mediation specialists, like Barnes Family Law, are trained in child inclusive mediation which can give children a voice in the decision making without making them feel like they are taking sides.

For more information on The Parenting Plan and how we can offer support, call Barnes Family Law on 01274 861096.