Consent Orders are Parenting Orders that have been agreed to by the parents during legal proceedings.
Once they are also agreed to by the Court they are given the full status and weight of other orders made by the Court.
The difference between Consent Orders and Parenting Plans is that if Consent Orders (or any type of Parenting Orders made by the Court) are contravened, the contravention can be raised with the Court for a further ruling.
Parenting Plans however rely on the goodwill of the parents, and if one parent does not live up to his or her parenting plan commitments, there are no legal options available to address this contravention.
These example consent orders were prepared for by the Family Court of Western Australia long before the 2006 shared parenting amendments, and this is evidenced in the use of some out-dated terminology.
For example, “joint responsibility” is now referred to as “equal shared parental responsibility.”
Other than that it contains some of the essential components of consent orders as expected from the Courts.