Child Custody Evaluation

At the Law Office of David P Schwarz We have litigated many cases where the Court has done a Child custody Investigation and seen many positive results to the evaluators positive recommendation. Please contact our office for a consultation at 949 735 9266 or via the web. In addition we can be contacted via email at

A Child Custody lawyer will assist you in fighting for custody of your child requesting that the Court Order a Child Custody investigation. This will be ordered In any Orange County Child Custody contested proceeding. Even if only visitation is at issue the Court can Order the investigation. The investigation will determine what is the Best Interest of the child.

The First Step the Court must do is appoint a Child Custody evaluator. These evaluators are specialized mental health professionals who either work for the Court and the Department of Social Services or are private mental health evaluators who are hired by the parents to conduct the investigation.

A child custody attorney will request a report be issued once Once the evaluation is complete and all the children, parents and witnesses are interviewed by the investigator the mental health professional will draft report on behalf of the Court. The report drafted by the evaluator must be filed with the Court 10 days prior to the Child custody hearing.

A child Custody attorney will review the report prior to court and determine what evidence is viable for their clients in determining the best interest of the child. The Court can consider the report as evidence during the proceeding for the best interest of the child. However the report is confidential and only the parties can read the report. It cannot be disseminated by the parties.

The Orange County Family law court handles unlawful copying of the report sanctionable and will impose financial sanctions against any party who unlawfully copies the report.

At the Law office of David P Schwarz we will fight for the implementation of the appointment of an attorney to represent the minor children. Often in high conflict child custody case not only will the Courts order a child custody investigation but will also order under family law code section 3150 an attorney to represent the child or children that are subject of the child custody dispute. A Minors Counsel which is what they are often called must determine what is in the best interest of the minor child as well and having a child custody investigation ordered will assist them in their decision.

At the Law Office of David P Schwarz we are equipped to handle many high conflict child custody matters in Orange County, California. We have defended and fought for many child custody investigations in which our clients have succeeded in getting primary physical custody of their minor children. Please contact our office at 949 735 9266 or via the web. We can also be reached via email at

When it appears to the court, at any time before or during the trial of an action, that expert evidence is or may be required by the court or by any party to the action, the court on its own motion or on motion of any party may appoint one or more experts to investigate, to render a report as may be ordered by the court, and to testify as an expert at the trial of the action relative to the fact or matter as to which the expert evidence is or may be required. The court may fix the compensation for these services, if any, rendered by any person appointed under this section, in addition to any service as a witness, at the amount as seems reasonable to the court.

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