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.