Q: Urgent Advice Needed on Parenting Plan Assessment Payment Issue?
22days ago, during RFO custody hearing, the court issued a verbal order regarding a Parenting Plan Assessment and payment of a fee of $975. I understood that the deadline for this payment would start once the Proposed Order was signed. and both parties are still in "Meet and Confer" period to agree with stipulated Prop Order. The court issued a notice today, stating the assessment scheduled for January, 2024, has been canceled due to non-payment. I was under the impression the payment deadline would start after the Proposed Order's formal signature, and I realize now that this might have been a misunderstanding. What is the best course of action to address the court about my genuine oversight due to my self-represented status? Should I file a motion for reconsideration or take another route? How do I approach the court to possibly reschedule the assessment or provide further directions?
A: Certainly. In California, when faced with such an oversight, you may want to promptly file a Declaration explaining the situation, emphasizing your self-represented status, your understanding of the payment timeline, and your commitment to promptly remit the fee. Additionally, you can request the court to set a new date for the Parenting Plan Assessment, ensuring to express your commitment to abiding by all court orders and instructions moving forward. Lastly, it would be beneficial to promptly communicate with the other party and get their stance, as mutual agreement can be persuasive to the court.
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