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Shared Parenting Agreements

Shared Parenting Agreements are for separated parents or guardians who have reached an agreement for their own arrangements for children and who wish to have that agreement in writing. These are for people who do not need or want to involve anyone else including the court in their family decisions. It is an agreed and signed document which sets out clearly the intentions, the agreements and the practical day to day arrangements for the children.

There is no doubt that when the arrangements for children are agreed that they are the ones who benefit the most. The Government recognises this and actively encourages parents and guardians to agree on how they are going to continue sharing the role of parents but from separate households. Having a Shared Parenting Agreement is a good way to do this.  

Whilst a Shared Parenting Agreement cannot be enforced in the same way that a Court Order can, it does provide clear evidence in writing of what arrangements had been made and can help if there are disagreements in the future.

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What can be included in a Shared Parenting Agreement?

There is freedom of choice to set out the arrangements and what is important for the children. At Stephensons we can advise you what would be the most appropriate based upon your family situation. Shared Parenting Agreements usually deal with one or more of the following:

  • Day to day care – whether day to day care is shared equally or whether one will have more day to day care than the other. 
  • Contact – if one is to have day to day care of the children, then confirmation may be needed of the arrangements for the children to spend time with the other. This can include holidays, birthdays and other special occasions.
  • Financial support – whether financial support is agreed and the arrangements for that.
  • Important issues – these can include important agreements around the children’s care and/or upbringing and development such as their children’s schooling, travel and their religion.

How can we help?

Stephensons have a team of specialist solicitors who are able to help and support those who feel their family would benefit from an agreement for the children. Our solicitors are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Resolution and have many years of experience in this area of work. 

We offer a choice of ways to provide advice by meeting face to face or using telephone or email. Stephensons have a modern approach to the legal role and take full advantage of technology to provide an efficient service whilst being available for advice and support without the need for office based appointments. Our solicitors are only a click or telephone call away.

Speak to us confidentially about the children at any time, day or night, on 01616 966 229.

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