State of California:
This is my first post, so ber with me!
I recently spoke with an attorney regarding my situation with my daughter's father. We presently have joint custody (majority being mine, he has around 22%) and there is an existing court order for a "Parent Plan" or visitation schedule that was established through mediation 4 years ago. We were never married. Well, things have since changed. Her father has been dealing with some personal "issues" over the last few years. I decided to be blunt with him and ask him to agree to change the existing visitation order. To my surprise, he agreed to do just that. However, I donít entirely trust him given his present lifestyle choices and situations. So I want to make it official in my daughter's best interest, not to mention in a way that will not be overstepping the court. I was told that I could prepare a document identifying the NEW Parent Plan as agreed upon by myself and my daughters father. The attorney I consulted with informed me that I could enter this agreement as a Stipulation between us, and this could be issued as the new effective Court Order.
I understand that part, but I was wondering if that is it.
I have a document that I conjured up, and will have her father sign and date, along with my own signature. I also have the form I believe I need to process this Stipulation (FL-355 Stipulation and Order for Custody and/or Visitation of Children)
But is this all I have to do? It seems rather simple....and that makes me nervous. Do I only need to write up the new agreement, both of us sign where needed on the plan and on the Court form. And file with my Family Law Court? Or is there something I am missing or not covering?
Any advice will help. I am anxious to get this under way and not have it drag on.