Short answer: Possibly not.
If your parenting plan is included in your Court Order or Separation Agreement, it will be legally binding, and a court will enforce it.
Otherwise, to have your parenting plan be legally binding the Parenting Plan Document requires:
- To be in writing;
- Signed by both parents; and
- Signatures witnessed by a third party, that is not your mediator.
Your parenting plan has practical and legal significance, it may be a good idea to consult with a lawyer to discuss the issues related to enforceability.
A family law lawyer can also discuss the implications of a parenting plan for child support and other legal issues.
For example, one factor to consider is that outside agencies or professionals, such as schools, and health care professionals may require a formal written agreement or Court Order if they are to provide reports or comply with the plan in other ways and will need documents that are clear and easy to understand.
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