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If you both agree on your parenting arrangements you can put your agreement into Consent Orders and ask the Court to make Orders on the same terms as the agreement you have reached.
The Court must approve the Consent Orders.
If the Court thinks the agreement you have both reached is in the best interests of the Child then the Court will make the Orders you have agreed on.
If the Court has approved the Consent Orders do not carry any less weight just because you reached agreement on them yourselves.
Consent Orders have the same legal force as if the Court had decided to make those same Orders after a full Court hearing with people giving evidence and presenting documents.
A Consent Order made about parenting arrangements, has the same effect as if the Court made its own Order after hearing all evidence.
A Consent Order is a Court Order.
Consequences can follow if the Orders are contravened (breached). You should always get your own independent legal advice before you agree to Consent Orders.
Other Questions answered in the How to Document a Parenting Agreement Section
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