Child Custody Evaluations
730 EvaluationsIn California, one type of child custody evaluation that often occurs in contested custody disputes is often dubbed a "730 Evaluation". This evaluation can take many forms and it is important to determine the scope of inquiry when ordering a "730 Evaluation" This type of child custody evaluation is often thought of as an in-depth study and analysis of the family, it's members, and their relationship. The evaluator will usually look at family dynamics, what issues the parties are having and what modifications could occur that would assist the children in their development.
Once the evaluation has been ordered the evaluator will begin my taking background information on the parties and children. Testing that has been planned will then be scheduled and completed. It usually takes many months to complete a good evaluation, but sometimes can occur quickly. The evaluator will ultimately complete a report to be considered by the court.
3111 EvaluationsChild Custody Evaluations completed under California Family Code Section 3111 are another tool that the courts often use to assist them in coming up with child custody and visitation orders. This type of evaluation usually does not incorporate the psychological testing that the "730 Evaluation" does.
A 3111 Evaluation will often gather information from a greater number of sources. Typically school records, service providers records, medical records, criminal records and child welfare records are reviewed. Parents are contacted and asked their concerns. Collateral sources such as daycare providers, service providers and others involved in the children's lives are contact and information gathered. Ultimately the evaluator will compile a report and submit it to the court to make specific recommendations. This type of evaluation is often quicker.