Case Conclusion Date: October 16, 2012
Practice Area: Child Custody
Outcome: Reversed and remanded to trial court to appoint special master and set reasonable fee, if any, for evaluation.
Description: Court refused to recuse an evidence code section 730 custody evaluator after a finding that the evaluator was beyond the scope of the evaluation and had violated rules of court. Court refused to enforce a provision in a judgment for the appointment of a special master to resolve custody issues out of court. Court refused to set a fee for the evaluators work. Court awarded sole legal custody of child to mother