Child custody is often contested in California divorce cases. When parents don’t agree on custody arrangements, courts can order a California child custody evaluation, also known as a “730 Evaluation.” Other times, parents and/or their San Diego divorce attorneys agree to and schedule an evaluation without the court’s demand. In some instances, a single parent can request the evaluation and it would need to be approved by a judge. Child support was established to help divorcing spouses provide equally for their children. Payments are determined by significant differences in income and vary based on who is selected as the custodial parent.
730 Evaluation Tips
Before child support amounts are calculated and assigned to a parent, custodial rights need to be established. A 730 Evaluation is a process where the court selects an expert to study the family. This expert determines what type of custody schedule would serve the best interests of the child or children. The evaluation process in California is not quick. The process may take weeks while the expert learns about the intricate family dynamics. The courts typically use the expert’s final recommendations in their child custody decision.
Selecting a 730 Evaluation Expert
The selection of a 730 Evaluation expert is entirely up to the courts to decide. The expert is typically a licensed mental health professional whose report will focus entirely on the psychological effects of the custody recommendations. The legal perspective is left up to the courts at this stage.
Reversing or Challenging a 730 Evaluation
If one of the parents does not find the final recommendations of the evaluator acceptable, they can challenge the results. Because the court is highly influenced by the expert’s professional recommendations, the process of challenging the evaluator is not an easy task. If a parent decides to proceed with a challenge, the expert is typically brought to the witness stand for a cross-examination. The challenging parent is also able to introduce evidence from another expert. Providing another expert source for the court’s consideration helps the parent present a legitimate, different perspective on the child custody arrangement.
If you find yourself faced with difficult child custody or child support battle and need professional, compassionate advice on how to resolve this issue in a fair manor, please call The Edmunds Law Firm at (800) 431-2526, or fill out the contact form on our website. We have over 33 years of experience handling a variety of complicated divorce cases around the San Diego area as well as nationwide.