PARENTING PLANS

An uncontested divorce is without a doubt the quickest, cheapest and simplest way to get a divorce in South Africa. An uncontested divorce can be finalised within a matter of weeks as opposed to a contested divorce that can take years to be finalized not to mention the cost constrains that accompanies a contested divorce. For a divorce to be categorized as an uncontested divorce it would that YOU agreed on all of the terms of YOUR divorce.

Moving towards an uncontested and or Settled divorce would require some of the fundamental issues to be agreed upon in order for YOU to move YOUR divorce on an uncontested basis such as:

  • Proprietary aspects: this would be the division of YOUR property regulated by YOUR marital regime of how YOUR assets will be divided;
  • Contact and care of YOUR child/ren.

Are YOU reserved by one or two concerns in this CONFLICT that YOU are challenged with and YOU cannot agree on, then a JUST MEDIATE MEDIATION session or two should assist YOU in coming to a fair compromise. Once an agreement is reached on all issues, we simply continue with the uncontested divorce process.

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What does it take to co – parent well? Aside from YOUR good attitude and YOUR commitment in positioning YOUR child/ren NEEDS before YOURS, YOU will also need a solid, well-thought-out plan.

Whether YOU are divorced, separated or were never married to start off with, if YOU have children together, YOU are going to be part of each other’s lives considering the paramount interest of YOUR child/ren. JUST MEDIATE facilitates YOUR set of written guidelines and expectations (parenting plan) for raising YOUR child/ren together. CO – PARENTING is fundamental to the paramount interest of  YOUR child/ren, and to achieve a successful CO PARENTING strategy COMMUNICATING with each other remains uninfringeable.

Consider YOUR parenting plan to be a road map that will direct how YOUR child/ren will be raised after separation or divorce. Such a plan is so incredibly detailed, that it pretty much makes conflict between the parties non – existent.

According to the Children’s Act YOU or other holders of responsibilities and rights towards YOUR child/ren, who are in conflict regarding the exercise of these rights and responsibilities, should first attempt to mediate their differences with the assistance of a suitably qualified professional, before approaching the court for assistance.  A parenting plan can be mediated with the help of the Family Advocate, Psychologist, Social Worker or Family Mediator.

The Act also specifies that the voice of YOUR child/ren should be heard.  YOUR child must therefore be given an opportunity to air his/her views and the content of the parenting plan must be explained to him/her. The age and maturity of YOUR child will to be taken into consideration when hearing the voice of YOUR child.

Furthermore, according to the Children’s Act, all decisions that are made regarding YOUR child/ren need to adhere to the “best interest of the child” standard. This simply means that all decisions that are made regarding YOUR child/ren need to be in the best interest of YOUR child/ren.

What will be dealt with in the Parenting Plan?

  • LIVING ARRANGEMENTS OF YOUR CHILD/REN
  • MAINTENANCE FOR YOUR CHILD/REN
  • CONTACT BETWEEN YOUR CHILD/REN OR ANY OTHER SIGNIFICANT PERSON
  • SCHOOLING
  • RELIGIOUS UPBRINGING
  • EMERGENCY PROTOCOL
  • DISCIPLINE
  • ANYTHING ELSE THAT MAY OF IMPORTANCE TO THE PARENTS

We will consult with YOU the parties and the our associate specialist child forensic counsellor to explore all elements of family life and assist YOU in reaching an agreement that all members of the family can live with.

It is extremely important that YOUR child/ren have frequent contact with both parents, and a parenting plan will assist with such contact running smoothly and create a sense of stability and consistency for YOUR children.

As the children grow up their needs will change and therefore a parenting plan can be reviewed and adapted accordingly.

In high conflict divorces it is usually advisable to register the Parenting Plan with the Family Advocate and to make it an order of court. A breach of the plan would then be seen as contempt of court. Having said that, most parents diligently comply with the terms of the parenting plan as they themselves have made the decisions contained in the plan.

Contact us today to have your parenting plan drafted and create a stress free environment for your family.