Q: Action Needed After Granting Spouse's Request and Resulting PPA Cancellation
I recently attended an RFO custody hearing where the Court ordered me to make a full payment for the Parenting Plan Assessment (PPA) due within 21 days from the date of the hearing. This PPA was scheduled to take place 5 months later.
The primary dispute in our custody battle was to determine which parent would have the school weekdays and which would have the holidays and breaks, with the overall intent to maintain a 50:50 joint custody arrangement.
Before the 21-day payment deadline, I agreed to my wife's request and granted her the school weekdays parenting time. As a result, it seems the PPA is no longer necessary. Today, we received a notification from the Court indicating that the PPA has been cancelled due to the lack of payment.
Given these circumstances, should I simply attend the next hearing without undergoing the PPA and inform the Judge that I've already granted the school weekdays to my spouse? Or is there any immediate action I need to undertake?
A: Under California law, if you have already reached an agreement with your spouse regarding the custody arrangement, and the PPA is no longer necessary, you should promptly inform the court about the resolution and the cancellation of the PPA. You can file a stipulation or motion with the court to document the agreement, and the court may adjust its orders accordingly. It's advisable to consult with an attorney to ensure that your agreement is properly presented to the court and to guide you through the necessary legal procedures.
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