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Other Important Information

CCRC conflict of interest
CCRC/evaluation of cases that involve family law attorneys or their spouses, relatives, friends, or co-workers of the CCRC may present a conflict of interest. It is the policy of the court to avoid conflicts or the appearance of a conflict of interest. Therefore, in these cases, parties may be referred to a Child Custody Recommending Counseling/Family Court Services program in another jurisdiction.

A CCRC will not handle a case in which they perceive that a serious conflict of interest exists, and shall be relieved of the assignment.

Emergency referrals from the court
The court may refer parties to a contract CCRC to provide expedited services. Generally this occurs in cases where either parent presents an immediate danger or risk of harm to the child(ren). Parties are usually seen by the CCRC within several days of the referral being made. A date to return to court is usually set to occur within 14 days following the referral. Emergency referrals may involve, but are not limited to, the following situations:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse or neglect
  • Domestic violence
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Allegations of flight risk or abduction

Reports to Child Protective Services
Family Court Counselors are "mandated reporters". This means they are legally obligated to report to Child Protective Services (Placer County Children's system of Care) any situation that may pose an imminent danger or risk to the child(ren).

Complaints about FCS Services
Family Court Services is committed to the delivery of quality services. If you should have a complaint regarding services received, you may register your complaint orally or in writing to the Director of FCS at 916-408-6310.

FCS fees
A rate of $1,500.00 is usually charged for custody evaluations. If the court orders a custody evaluation, the court will make a determination as to the parties' ability to pay. If the court finds that either party is not able to pay all or part of the expense, the court may make an order to share the costs of the evaluation based upon ability to pay. There is usually no cost for CCRC services. See Local Rule 30.1.

Testimony and depositions
The following rules apply to the subpoena of the CCRC/evaluator:

  1. If the CCRC/evaluator is to be examined in court, he/she must receive the subpoena 28 working days before the court hearing;
  2. Due to time constraints, it is recommended that the party issuing the subpoena contact the contract CCRC or evaluator 30 days before the court hearing to determine the CCRC/evaluator's availability.
  3. Depositions may take place at an agreed upon time and location.

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