A 730 Child Custody Evaluation is a study of the family, it’s members and their relationship with the intent of restructuring parental rights and responsibilities concerning their child(ren). The purpose of the 730 CCE is to determine the child(ren)’s needs and to assess each parent’s ability, interest, willingness, and aptitude to meet those specific needs. The purpose of the 730/3111 CCE is to assist the Court in determining custody, visitation, and/or parenting arrangements that would be in the best interest of the child(ren).
The simple answer is, it is reviewing an existing 730/3111 Child Custody Evaluation.

When a 730/3111 CCE is ordered, the Court is looking for guidance from an Expert, the Expert is to provide a thorough evaluation of the aspects the Court needs in the best manner possible. This is to assist the Court in determining what Custodial arrangement is in the best interest of the children. Sometimes the Expert, a mental health professional, may have not done the best job possible. Maybe they did not review all the pertinent data in the case. Maybe they became biased in their evaluation, when it is supposed to be a neutral approach. Maybe they misinterpreted the data presented to them. It is incumbent that the 730/3111 Child Custody Evaluator perform their evaluation to the standards of the industry. The American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), both have standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluations.

When any of these factors are not performed properly then either party is able to retain an Expert to review the 730/3111 CCE, the 733 Evaluator is retained to show where the Child Custody Evaluator fell short. California Evidence Code 733, allows either party to call their own expert to rebut the conclusions of a Court appointed Expert who is appointed under the evidence code. A 733 Expert is used to rebut the conclusions based on the Standards of the Industry.
One of the most common allegations in Child Custody Evaluation is Alienation. Alienation is one of the most researched topics in all of the family relationships research. There are numerous books about what Alienation is and what it is not along with what are the symptoms. As you can imagine, this has become a highly controversial subject with highly respected experts in each camp. Parent Alienation was brought to light by Richard Gardner, MD in the 1980’s, Dr. Gardner defined Parental Alienation:
  • The concept of Parental Alienation Syndrome includes much more than brain-washing. It includes not only conscious but subconscious and unconscious factors within the preferred parent that contribute to the parent’s influencing the child’s alienation. Furthermore [and this is extremely important], it includes factors that arise within thechild-independent of the parental contributions-that foster the development of this syndrome. (pp. 59-60)
Alienation is also called gatekeeping, the alienated child and refuse/resist contact with a parent. The concepts are similar, and how to deal with these issues may differ.
Relocation cases are very unique in that they are related to the Family laws in your particular state. There are specific laws related to moving away from the other parent. In relocation cases, some of the same procedures exist, the number of clinical interviews with each parent, home visits, along with office visits. As the rule of thumb in California, it is what is in the best interest of the child(ren). For your case involving a relocation, please give our office a call to discuss your particular case.
For adults yes. Children no. Virtual clinical interviews work with adults, however, with children it is important to understand the non-verbal clues that exist. In children language is not the primary form of communication.
Billing is done by the hour. You will receive a billing statement every month showing how the time is being spent in your case along with what the billing is for that month.
Yes. I am willing to work with you to create a payment plan that will work with your finances. However, It is important to also know that the evaluation will not be released until payment in full has been received.
Yes, credit cards are accepted for payment, along with Zelle payments as well.
Having an attorney is not required, in today’s world, many litigants do not have an attorney.
It is difficult to estimate the time it will take to complete your 730/3111 CCE without knowing the facts of your case and how complex it might be, if all parties are cooperating, etc. With that being said most cases are completed within four months.


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