There is an original court order from the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in LA that states that I get visitations on certain days and times with my son. But now that I’ve moved and live about 3 hours away from my son that visitation schedule doesn’t work because of the distance. What is my next step to modify it? What paperwork do I need to fill out?
You need to pursue a "Request for Order" or (if you can reach agreement) use a Stipulation & Order.
First I would try to reach an agreement with mother. Remembering that you moved and made it more difficult (your reasons don’t matter that much unless beyond your control, i.e. prison or forced job relocation), you need to propose a new schedule that other parent will agree to. You can suggest alternate weekends for longer times, etc.
When you move, you accept the burden of making visitation work. It is not other parent’s fault. It is also not child’s fault. It is against welfare of child to spend 6 hours per visit in a car. You should probably suggest visits where the child lives to make it less of a burden on the child.
If you cannot come to an agreement in the best interest of the child with the other parent, you will need to file a request for order as already stated. Just be aware that the judge’s concern will be what’s best for the child, not what’s convenient for you.
Here's the form to get a hearing;
Here's the form if you can reach an agreement with the mom:
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