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How to add your parenting plan to an order or agreement.

Complete your parenting plan and add it to an order or agreement

This page explains how to add a signature page to your parenting plan, and how to add your parenting plan to an order or agreement to make it legally binding.

If a mediator helped you with your parenting plan, you’ll need to print a signature page to create a binding agreement. Download the signature lines (PDF) and attach it to your plan. If you and the other parent didn't have a mediator's help, your parenting plan will already have the signature lines for you both to sign.

Sign your parenting plan

It’s a good idea to consult a lawyer before signing. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a parent, and make sure you’re not agreeing to an unfair parenting arrangement.

Once you’ve reviewed and are satisfied with your parenting plan, you will both still need to sign it, and have your signature witnessed. Here are the steps:

  1. One of you (Parent A) prints two copies of the agreement, so that each of you will have an original.
  2. Parent A signs both copies in the presence of a witness. Parent A and the witness should initial each page.
  3. Parent A sends or gives both copies to the other parent (Parent B) to also sign and initial in front of a witness.
  4. Parent B returns one copy and keeps one copy.

Who can be a witness

Anyone aged 19 or over who is not a party to (involved in) the agreement can witness the parents’ signatures. The parents can’t witness each other’s signatures, but one person can witness both parents’ signatures.

Someone who witnesses an agreement doesn’t become a party to that agreement and isn’t responsible for seeing that the agreement is followed. By signing the agreement, the witness is verifying that:

  • They know the parent signing and saw them sign the agreement.
  • The parent signed voluntarily.
  • The parent was sober.

Include your parenting plan in an order or agreement

You and the other parent may want your parenting plan to be part of an order or agreement that deals with other issues, like support.

You may want to ask the court to make a consent order based on your parenting plan and other issues that haven’t been included in your parenting plan, but that you’ve agreed on. The Family Law in BC website has more information on court orders.

Use the step-by-step guides on Family Law in BC

Family Law in BC’s step-by-step guide Get a final family order in Provincial Court if you both agree and the information page on Getting a final family order in Supreme Court if you both agree can help you through the steps of getting consent orders in either Provincial or Supreme Court. They have links to all the forms you must fill out, detailed instructions, and links to other resources.

Get a separation agreement

You can include your parenting plan in a separation agreement that may include decisions you’ve made together about other issues, like support. You can attach your parenting plan as an appendix, or if you use MyLawBC’s Dialogue Tool, you can paste the text from your parenting plan into the Children section of your agreement.

MyLawBC’s Dialogue Tool

Use the Dialogue Tool on MyLawBC to help you write a separation agreement. You and the other parent can set out what’s important for your children, money, home, and other property. You and the other parent will work together. There isn’t an option for mediation with the Dialogue Tool.

How the Dialogue Tool works

First, you go through an intake process, where you answer a series of questions. Your answers will set out your initial ideas for your separation agreement.

Once both you and the other parent have answered those questions, you can see each other’s answers. This lets you see how close your visions are to each other.

Next, negotiate online with the other parent until you come to an agreement on the issues. MyLawBC gives you the tools you need to make informed decisions as you go through the process.

In the end, MyLawBC gives you a separation agreement that lays out, in legal terms, all the important decisions you’ve made.