In contentious custody battles, a family law judge may order (or the parties may agree) that a child custody evaluation should be conducted to assess what custody/visitation arrangement will be in the child's best interests. These evaluations are often called "730 child custody evaluations" because they are authorized under section 730 of the California Evidence Code.
The Evaluation Process
A child custody evaluation may be ordered for any number of reasons, including:
- Concerns involving physical and/or sexual child abuse
- Mental health issues of parents or child
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- History of domestic violence between the parties
- One parent wishes to relocate/move away
- Questionable parenting practices causing a negative impact on the child
There are varying levels of child custody evaluations. In some cases, the court may request an evaluation that addresses only one or two specific issues of concern. In other cases, the court may find that a more comprehensive evaluation, with in-depth psychological testing for both parents, will be more helpful.
Child custody evaluations must be conducted by an independent, qualified mental health professional who has satisfied certain criteria required under the California Family Code. A 730 child custody evaluation is an independent review that acts as a witness for the court, providing information and analysis for the court to consider in making its custody decision.
Helping You Find The Right Professionals To Perform A Fair Evaluation
Attorney Dorie A. Rogers is a board-certified family law specialist with more than 30 years of experience helping individuals and families throughout Orange County and Riverside County, California. She stays on the cutting edge of forensic psychology and psychological research in the field of child custody.
Ms. Rogers is an active member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), an organization of forensic experts, judges and lawyers who meet annually to discuss developments and current trends in child custody law in California, across the nation and around the world.
We have the experience and knowledge to help you find a qualified professional to conduct an appropriate custody evaluation. We can also minimize fear and apprehension by helping you understand the evaluation process.
If a custody evaluation has already been conducted in your case, we can help you find an expert psychologist to review the original report to determine whether it was properly performed. If the report did not satisfy the rules of court, we can help you petition the court to have it thrown out as evidence. Regardless of how complex your case is, we will know the right steps to take to help you achieve your goals. Contact us to schedule a consultation.
Contact Our Board-Certified Family Law Specialist
If you believe a custody evaluation may be helpful in your case, please contact The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC, at 714-602-1492 to schedule a consultation.