Can the other parent and i agree to visits not specified in our parenting plan and have it notorized to be legally bound?
2 attorney answers
I completely agree with the excellent answer already given.
ONE OTHER THING I would add: It might be worthwhile to hire an experienced Family Law attorney just to draft the agreed parenting plan addendum/Order. For just a couple of hours' work, that attorney can probably help the two of you anticipate contingencies in the future that you are still missing *and* the attorney can present it at the ex parte docket, so that neither of you need to show up at court.
It is not a *must*, just a best case way to move forward, if you have the funds.
The court is not going to intervene when parents agree to informally change the parenting plan as long as the child is not harmed.
Notarizing a document is not going to make that document into a court order. The signature of a judicial officer is needed to make a document into a court order.
As long as both parents abide by the informal agreement, there is no problem. But if one parent fails to comply with the agreement, there is nothing the court can do about that agreement since it is not a court order.
If the changes are agreed, it is not that difficult to write up agreed motions and order to present to the court for signature.
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