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If the parents of a Grandchild agree to make a Parenting Plan for the Child or Children, then Grandparents can also be included in the Parenting Plan.
When Grandparents are included in a Parenting Plan, the Parenting Plan can include any of the following:
A Parenting Plan is a written agreement signed by both parents which details the parenting arrangements for the Child.
If a Grandparent is included in the Parenting Plan then they can also sign the Parenting Plan.
A Parenting Plan is not binding or enforceable.
The Court will however consider the Parenting Plan as evidence of what the parties agreed was probably in the best interests of the child or children at the time.
If you would like to arrange to spend time with your Grandchildren then you can contact a Family Dispute Resolution Provider such as your local Family Relationships Centre to initiate a Family Dispute Resoution Conference.
A FDR Conference is similar to a Mediation and except in cases of urgency, before you can go to Court to obtain an Order, you must file a Section 60I Certificate from a FDR provider showing there was at least an attempt to go to a FDR Conference first.
More is explained in Why must Grandparents attend Mediation page.
If you cannot reach agreement about the time to be spent between a Grandparent and Grandchild our page How a Grandparent goes to Court explains more.
Other Questions answered in the Grandparent's time with Grandchild Section
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