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Consent order examples

Here are some consent order examples which you can adapt to suit your own circumstances. The sample orders cover:

  • parental responsibility
  • telephone, email and skype communication
  • arrangements for holidays and special occasions
  • travel and transport costs
  • child/ren’s activities
  • medical and specific issues.

You may not need all of these orders. Use and change what is needed for your situation.

Parental responsibility orders

  • The mother and the father have equal shared parental responsibility for the major long-term issues relating to the children [name] born … and [name] born … (“the children”).

OR

  • The mother/father shall have sole parental responsibility for the major longterm issues relating to the children [name] born… (“children”)

Equal time orders

  • That unless otherwise agreed between the parents, the children shall live with the mother and the father, on a week about basis, starting … 2017.
  • When the children are living with the mother and the father, the children shall live with the mother in week 1, from after school Monday to 9am the following Monday and with the father, in week 2 from 9am Monday to after school the following Monday.
  • When changeovers do not take place at school, the mother will collect the children from the father at the beginning of week 1 and the father will collect the children from the mother at the beginning of week 2.

Other time orders

  • The children shall live with the mother/father

AND

  • The children shall spend time and communicate with the mother/father as follows:

    Each alternate weekend from ____________ to ____________ (day and time)

    OR

    Each ____________ (day of week) from ____________ to ____________ (time)
    Telephone/email/skype communication

  • The children will communicate with the parent with whom they are not living each Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/ Saturday/Sunday night/s by landline/mobile/email/skype, and the parent with whom they are living will arrange that communication.
  • When the children are living with the mother or the father, the parent who has the children in their care shall facilitate any reasonable request by any of the children to communicate with the other parent.

Holidays

  • The children will be able to spend four weeks holiday a year with each parent, with no more than a two-week block period at one time, and the parent who wants to spend holiday time with the children will provide the other parent with one month’s notice of the holiday period he/she wants to have with the children.

OR

  • The children shall spend half of each school holiday period with each parent with the mother/father to have the first half in even numbered years and the second half in odd numbers years and the mother/father to have the opposite.

Special occasions

  • On the children’s birthdays the parent who does not have the children in their care will spend from after school until … pm with the children if a school day or for four hours, at time agreed with the other parent/ from … to … if a weekend day.
  • On Mother’s Day/Father’s Day, if the children are in the father’s/mother’s care, they will return to the mother’s/father’s care at 5pm the Saturday before Mother’s/ Father’s Day and remain in their care until 5pm Sunday.
  • At Christmas, with the mother/father from … Christmas Eve to … Christmas Day and with the father/mother from … Christmas Day to … Boxing Day.

OR

  • With the father/mother on Christmas Day in odd/even numbered years and the mother/father on Christmas Eve in even/odd numbered years.

Travel or transport costs

  • The parents will share equally/ % split the air/train/bus fare for the children to spend time with the mother/father as outlined in order # .

OR

  • The mother/father will pay the air/train/bus fare for the children to spend time with the mother/father as outlined in order # .

OR

  • The father/mother will pay for the children’s transport costs and will, no later than 14 days before the day he/she is due to spend time with the children, send copies of travel tickets/documents, including details of the departure and return dates, flight/train/bus numbers to the other father/mother. If the transport is not paid for, before the 14 day period ends, the time with the children will be suspended until the tickets are paid for and given to the other parent.

Children’s activities

  • The mother and father will ensure the children attend all extra curricular and social activities that occur when the children are in their care including but not limited to …

Medical

  • The mother and the father are to notify the other as soon as possible of any medical emergency, serious injury or illness involving the children.
  • If a child is taking prescribed medication, the parent who buys the child’s medication will provide the other parent with the medication and instructions for its use, when the child goes into the other parent’s care.

OR

  • Each parent will ensure they have a supply of the medication (name) taken by … and will follow the prescribing medical professional’s directions for administering the medication to the child.
  • The parents will ensure … does not consume nuts/eggs/dairy products/gluten when he/she is in their care.
  • Except in the case of an emergency, the parents agree the children will visit the … Medical Centre/Dr …

Specific issues

  • The parents will communicate about issues concerning the children through a communication book that will travel between the parents with the children. The communication by the parents in the book will always relate only to the children and be polite and respectful.

OR

  • The parents will communicate about issues concerning the children through a passworded email account, set up and maintained solely for this purpose, and email communication will be polite and respectful.

OR

  • The parents shall primarily/only communicate about the children by way of text message/email.
  • Neither parent is to use physical discipline on the children or allow someone else to do so.
  • Neither parent will speak badly of the other to the children or where the children can hear, nor allow another person to do so.
  • Neither parent will discuss any issues in dispute between the parents to the children or where the children can hear, nor allow another person to do so.
  • Each parent will be primarily responsible for caring for the children while in their care.
  • Neither parent will question the children about the other parent’s household, their family or friends.
  • If either parent changes their contact telephone number or address they must notify the other within 24 hours of that change.
  • To be given to the children’s school/day care and any medical professional treating the children. The school/day care or medical professional is authorised to speak with either parent about the children’s health, education, development and welfare.
  • The children are not to be left unsupervised in the care of …
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