In order to assist in determining what is in the best interests of the child, the court sometimes appoints a child custody evaluator. The child custody evaluator considers the health, safety, welfare and best interest of the child regarding custody and visitation issues. Generally, the child custody evaluator conducts interviews with the parents, children, other relatives, teachers, medical providers and other individuals who will be likely to be able to provide valuable information regarding the above-mentioned issues.
The evaluation itself usually includes reports written by mental health professionals, law enforcement agencies, drug and alcohol testing providers or reports from providers of anger management or parenting classes. After these reports have been completed, you will be provided with a copy. However, it is important to note that these reports are confidential and should not be copied or transferred to individuals other than your attorney. Because a child custody evaluation does cost money, the Court will make orders indicating which parent will be responsible for the costs.
For further information regarding child custody evaluations please contact the Child Custody Attorneys of Orange County at 714-971-8000. Call today for your free 60-minute consultation.