California Divorce Form FL 311 Child Custody & Visitation Application Attachment

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Learn how to complete form FL 311, Child Custody and Visitation Application Attachment. You must complete this form if you are filing for divorce or responding to a divorce petition, and have minor children. Submit this form to the court along with FL 100 and FL 105.

The instructions in the video demonstrate a child custody arrangement in which one parent has physical custody. In the example below, both parents exercise joint custody. 

Here is pleading paper if you would like to include an Attachment A along with FL 311 detailing your custody arrangement. 

In the header section of this form, insert the full name of the petitioner and respondent. If you are the petitioner, select TO “Petition”  and specify the proposed custody. If you are the respondent, insert TO “Response.” Select item one and insert your child’s information. William has inserted Rose’s information. William would like to share custody with Kelly. As such, he inserted “Joint” under both legal and physical custody.

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Legal custody refers to how parents will make decisions regarding their child’s health, education, and religious practices. Parents can share joint legal custody of their children, or one parent may be awarded sole legal custody.

Physical custody refers to which parent the children will primarily reside with most of the time. Joint physical custody allows the children to live with both parents. Sole or primary physical custody means the children live with one parent most of the time and visit the other parent. The parent who the children spend most of their time with are referred to as the “primary custodial parent.” The other parent has visitation rights with his/her children.

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Visitation, also known to as “time share,” refers to how much time a child spends with the non-custodial parent. The parent who has the children less than half the amount of time as the other parent has visitation rights. Visitation orders vary and depend on what is in the best interests of the children.

Rose will primarily reside with William. Kelly will have visitation with Rose when she is not in William’s care or at school. Option 2 is selected and option 2 (e) and the sub-box is checked for William to insert the parenting time.  Option 2(e)(4) is selected for William to include a detailed attachment. The attachment will show the visitation time Kelly will have with both parents. You will create a custom visitation schedule to meet your needs. The visitation schedule attached on this screen is for reference only and should not be used for your case. Contact us if you have any questions about how to prepare form FL 311 and Attachment A to FL 311.

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Page 2 allows for alternative visitation options. If you subscribed to the standard or advanced plan, contact us if you need help inserting your custody and visitation request into FL 311.

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Sample Attachment A to Fl 311.

Sample Attachment to FL 311

Sample Attachment to FL 311

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