Whenever you have a stipulation entered between the parties, there has to be an order for the judge to approve and sign.
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Typically, a stipulation and order is used in lieu of a formal motion for an order for some type of relief. For example, we often see a stipulation and order for leave to file an amended complaint, a stipulation and order to extend time to respond to a summons, and a stipulation and order to set aside a default.
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The Stipulation means that you and the opposing party reached an agreement on a specific issue without going to court and having the judge make the call. The Order -- sometimes called the Order on Stipulation -- means that the judge has reviewed and considered the agreement between you and the other party, and the judge approves of it. So, the court has now made the agreement between the parties more than a voluntary agreement: the court has converted the voluntary agreement into a mandatory command by the court. Now that the Stip has become an Order, it there is any dispute between the parties about abiding by the terms, the court can enforce the terms with its contempt and sanctions (punitive) powers. The agreement embodied in the Stipulation, since it is no longer just a voluntary agreement, cannot be modified or withdrawn or ignored by either of the parties. Any changes that are necessary will need the court's approval and a modification of the Order on Stipulation.
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A stipulation was entered with both lawyers, and the judge made an order that it is binding. What they agreed upon I have no clue, sounds like you need to talk with your lawyer a little more. Could be nothing major, very common in litigation on small issues. GOOD LUCK!!
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