Would You Benefit From A Shared Parenting Plan?


Raising children and making decisions is one of the most difficult things about being a parent. That process becomes harder when you split from your partner. 'Splitting up? Put Kids First' is a safe online space which could help to provide the answer to some of these problems.

Working together with a mediator or solicitor can be the best thing for your children

Free Parenting Plans

Raising children is a continuous permanent line of decisions that all parents must undertake. Making these decisions becomes harder when you’re no longer working as a unit. Parenting separately is as easy or as hard as you both make it but 'Splitting up? Put Kids First' is trying to simplify the process by helping parents to make parenting plans.

Parents can make their plans as detailed as they like, but the site recommends making them as simple as possible to make them easy to follow.

The Family Law Team at Simpson Millar LLP think the parenting plans available at Splitting Up are an amazing option for parents who need guidance on where to get started and what to include in a parenting plan.

These free plans can include anything from childcare, communication, education, social activities and finances. The plans are completely customisable and easily changeable, but you must know that they are not legally binding.

Plans Not Legally Binding

Due to the unbinding nature of these types of agreements, if one parents fails to hold up their end of the bargain it can be a painful process to try to get things back on track if your relationship becomes strained.

In some cases it may be necessary to create a legally binding document such as a child arrangement order. You can do that with the help of a mediator or solicitor as a collaborative way for you and your ex-partner to work together for the benefit of your children which also holds you both to account when it comes to any agreed arrangements, if you feel there is valid reason for this to be the case.

We know that many people try free options like Splitting Up because they think legal help is out of their financial reach. If this approach doesn't work out for you, we have developed a number of fixed fee options so you can get legal support at a fraction of the price.

We don’t cut corners with our fixed fees and include a referral to mediation so we can exhaust all avenues before supporting you in a court application. In most cases, both parents want the same thing, for their child to have a meaningful relationship with the other parent.

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