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What Are 730 Evaluations?

If you and your spouse are at odds over child custody, the court will assess your respective levels of parental fitness to determine who should retain physical and/or legal custody of your child. Their findings will directly affect your parental rights going forward and your ability to remain involved in your child’s life and have a say in their schooling, living arrangements, etc.

What Is California Evidence Code 730?

California Evidence Code Section 730 allows courts to order an examination of parents and other parties involved in a custody dispute or divorce. A 730 evaluation involves an investigation and assessment of both parents. It looks into the nature of their respective relationships with the child in question, their living arrangements, and their professional lives. Judges who order 730 evaluations consult mental health professionals to determine what is in the best interests of the child and whether the child’s parents are capable of providing a safe, nurturing home environment

What Happens During a 730 Evaluation?

After a judge orders your 730 evaluation, the basics of the process (as well as your confidentiality rights) will be explained to you. The court will determine what evaluator fees are most fair for your case. Evaluators will then begin an in-depth investigation into your and your spouse’s mental health history by speaking with any mental health professionals who have served your family in the past. They will look for and record any signs of abuse, neglect, imbalance, substance use problems and perform individual interviews of various family members, friends, and co-workers of both parents. An evaluator may order evaluation by a mental health professional if they deem it necessary.

Your 730 evaluation will have a direct effect on your life as a parent, and you can’t afford to go into it without an experienced legal professional on your side. Send us a message to secure representation today.