How to Structure a Co-parenting Agreement

Co-parenting Frameworks are a structured written agreement between the people who have parental responsibility for the child or children and they set out what has been agreed in terms of various aspects of the co-parenting relationship including how the child or children will spend time with their families, communications, and how parents are involved in the child/children’s lives.

There are guidelines and templates available to help you structure your co-parenting framework and/or you can personalise the co-parenting framework to suit your specific circumstances.

Co-parenting Framework: Areas to Consider Including

  • Communication: How will you communicate with each other and with the children when they are not in your care?
  • Surname: Any changes must be agreed.
  • Education: Any changes or choices must be agreed and both will have full direct access to all practitioners.
  • Healthcare: Any changes or choices must be agreed and both will have full direct access to all practitioners.
  • Religion: Any changes or choices must be agreed and both will have full direct access to all practitioners.
  • Living Arrangements: How the children will share their time with both parents and extended families.
    • Where will the children live?
    • What will the child arrangements be in term-time?
    • What will the child arrangements be in school holidays?
      • Half Terms
      • Easter Holidays
      • Summer Holidays
      • Christmas
      • New Year
    • What happens with special days; bank holidays, children’s birthdays, parent’s birthdays, Mothering Sunday and Fathers’ Day?
    • How and where will Handovers take place and are you using school or a third party to limit contact between ex-partners?
  • Child Maintenance Arrangements: How will basic and additional financial needs of the children be met? In order to calculate how much child maintenance you should be paying or receiving please use the following calculator www.gov.uk/calculate-child-maintenance