If you want to, you and your ex-partner can ask the Family Court to make your parenting plan into a Consent Order. To make the Order, the judge must be satisfied that you both made the agreement willingly. The forms you fill in will give the judge information to confirm this.
If one of you doesn’t do what you’ve agreed, the Family Court can make the person pay a bond or compensation. If the person still doesn’t follow the Consent Order, then they may get charged with a crime and could be fined or jailed.
You usually need to complete the free Parenting Through Separation course before applying for a Consent Order. If your circumstances prevent you from participating in the course, you can let the court know when you apply, and the judge will consider your reasons.
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To get a Consent Order, you’ll need to pay $220 to the court. You can ask the court to waive (cancel) the fee if paying it would cause you financial hardship. This means you won’t have to pay the fee.
You and the other people involved in your case may have to pay some of the court costs.
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You don’t legally need to get help from a lawyer to get a Consent Order. However, you might find it helpful to talk to one to help you understand your rights and responsibilities when you make a Consent Order.
Where to get help
If you need help to fill in the forms for a Consent Order, you can: