The parents of a child are encouraged:
(a) to agree about matters concerning the child; and
(b) to take responsibility for their parenting arrangements and for resolving parental conflict; and
(c) to use the legal system as a last resort rather than a first resort; and
(d) to minimise the possibility of present and future conflict by using or reaching an agreement; and
(e) in reaching their agreement, to regard the best interests of the child as the paramount consideration.
Note: Parents are encouraged to reach an informal agreement between themselves about matters concerning their children by entering into a parenting plan. Parents who seek enforceable arrangements require court orders. These can be obtained by consent.