The family law legislation and the intention of the parliament encourages parents to make their own arrangements for their children without applying to the Family Courts. This is achieved through mutual verbal agreement or where the parents want to ensure they both understand their agreement, through a written document called a "parenting plan".
There is nothing complicated about the definition of parenting plans under the Family Law Act. Essentially it is a written agreement between the parents of a child which is signed by both parents and dated. It must not be made under threat, duress or coercion. Parents of children can make a parenting plan.
Essentially that question needs some consideration and advice from a lawyer who is informed about your particular circumstances. Contact us for an appointment to determine the best way to document your agreement.
Mediations our mediator conducts are ususally concluded by the parties entering into a parenting plan. If a court order is required that is undertaken after the mediation.
Well essentially any arrangements in relation to the children but be careful because financial issues (child support and other financial considerations) have special rules that need to be complied with and it might be best for you to consider a Limited or Binding Child Support Agreement.