Complete your parenting or child support arrangements, or both, and add them to an order or agreement

This page explains how to add a signature page to your parenting or child support arrangements, and how to add your arrangements to an order or agreement to make them legally binding.

If a mediator helped you with your parenting or child support arrangements, you’ll need to print a signature page to create a binding agreement. Choose the PDF to download:

Download the PDF you need and attach it to your plan. If you and the other parent didn't have a mediator's help, your arrangements will already have the signature lines for you both to sign.

Sign your parenting or child support arrangements

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 unfair parenting or child support arrangements.

Once you’ve reviewed and are satisfied with your arrangements, 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 or child support arrangements in an order or agreement

You and the other parent may want your arrangements 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 or child support arrangements and other issues that haven’t been included in the arrangements, 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.