Child Custody Evaluations (3111 Reports)
Custody evaluation recommendations and reports
The custody evaluation report will provide recommendations that are based on the professional judgment of the child custody evaluator regarding a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the child(ren). Child custody evaluators also rely on collateral contacts and children interviews.
There is also a fee, which must be paid prior to the commencement of the evaluation.
How long does it take to complete a custody evaluation?
Generally the court will continue your case for sixty (60) to ninety (90) days if a custody evaluation has been ordered. During this time FCS will appoint a contract child custody evaluator to conduct interviews, collect and review information, and write their evaluation report.
Will I receive a copy of the report?
Yes. If the attorneys represent both parties, a copy of the report will be sent to your attorney. If only one or neither of you are represented by an attorney, then a copy will be made available to each party by the evaluator.
Is the recommendation an order of the court?
A FCS report and recommendation has no legal status until the court acts on it. A party who wishes to have the report adopted must appear at a scheduled court hearing. If both parties are in agreement, the court may approve the FCS recommendations, or the court may decide to make other orders. If either party disagrees with the FCS recommendation, the matter may be set for further court hearings.
How much will a custody evaluation cost?
Most child custody evaluations for the Placer Superior Court cost $1500. This fee may be divided equally between the parents or divided on each parent's ability to pay. The evaluation process will not begin until both parties have paid their fees.
Are there any other options available?
“Yes. You may choose to use the services of a private child custody evaluator provided that the evaluator has met the education and training requirements to qualify to perform child custody evaluation. You may also use a private mediator without having recommendations or court reports prepared to help you resolve your dispute outside the court process.”
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