Skip Form FL-311 & Use Your Own Custody Calendar (CA)

California court form FL-311 is a way for you to attach information to your petition for divorce (FL-100) or petition for child custody (FL-260). It's part of a series of court forms on which you provide detail about your parenting request.

Many parents find it easier to write a parenting plan to cover this information. It puts all your requests in one custom document and lets you skip FL-311 and other court forms.

What is FL-311?

FL-311 (standing for "family law 311") is an attachment to submit as part of your court case for divorce or custody. The form title is Child Custody and Visitation (Parenting Time) Application Attachment.

Replacing FL-311 with a custom custody schedule

FL-311 asks you to describe your custody schedule by checking boxes. It's not the most intuitive way to explain when you'll exchange your child.

Fortunately, you can write a parenting plan with parenting time details instead. Here's what a calendar in your Custody X Change parenting plan could look like.

A parenting plan lets you include a visual and written description of your schedule, which is easier for everyone.

What else to include in your custom parenting plan

FL-311 points you to other court forms, on which you can provide additional information:

If you make a parenting plan, you can skip these forms as well.

With Custody X Change, you can include arrangements for holidays in a parenting plan with a calendar. You can also include other parenting provisions.

For example, you can check off how parents will be allowed to contact each other.

And you can easily specify how new romantic partners will interact with your child.

Why you should use a custom schedule and plan

Your child will benefit from you — with the other parent's cooperation, if possible — tailoring a plan to meet their needs. Submit these details as early as you can in your court case to let the judge know what you want. Your plan will serve your child now and as they grow.

With the Custody X Change online app, it's easy to fill out required information and customize it for your child. You get features including:

Making a schedule and parenting plan with Custody X Change

The Custody X Change online app helps you make a thorough parenting plan quickly.

It walks you through common parenting rules you can include.

And it helps you create a custody schedule, complete with holidays and school breaks.

With Custody X Change, you can also journal about updates in your situation, store your children's information, track expenses, and more.

Custody X Change makes co-parenting simple for California parents.

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