“I found it useful because it raised a number of questions that helped me consider educational situations and contingencies that I might not have expected otherwise – that`s precisely why I had to go back to court to change the court order regarding my sons! The educational plan invites you to think about the situations that can arise, in which both parents have to make a decision together. For example, my ex-wife and I had to talk when my eldest son chose his GCSE options. It also promotes forward planning: how could the dynamics of childcare change if new partners are introduced, as in my own case? A parent considering applying to the court must also submit a completed education plan, along with the application. You can download a standard parental agreement form (.pdf) below to use as a guide. Remember that you can include any topics you feel are important and reach an agreement. “Legal proceedings have become inevitable and have been both stressful and tiring. Shortly after the court`s first decision, I realized that there were important agreements that had not been clarified and, unfortunately, they became controversial. These included the agreement on what my ex-wife and I would take if the children were sick or did not go to school on training days, as well as indirect contact agreements. Once again, we could not reach an agreement and we had to go to court to get a revised court order. You can try to clarify something else on your own, or return to mediation at any time to resolve disagreements. Even if you keep coming back to mediation, it will probably be even cheaper than going to court.