Child Custody evaluations

In any contested proceeding involving child custody or visitation, the court may order the parents to undergo an evaluation, pursuant to Family Code Sections 3110-3118 and/or Evidence Code Section 730. The purpose of the evaluation is to gather additional information about the family and the child’s relationships with family members in order to develop a parenting plan that is in the best interest of the child.


The Superior Court of California, County of Riverside is making this information available, including resource lists of evaluators, as a public service only. Evaluators on the resource list have signed a declaration, under penalty of perjury, that they meet the applicable training requirements and qualifications in order to perform the services indicated. The Riverside Superior Court does not recommend or endorse any of the listed providers nor does the court ensure any of the listed evaluators will meet the needs of the parents or children.

The Riverside Superior Court is not a party to any transaction between the customer and the provider and is not liable for any cost of the services.  The Riverside Superior Court is also not responsible for any damages arising directly or indirectly from services provided by any of the listed providers.

Questions or complaints regarding the evaluation process should first be directed to the evaluator appointed to your case. If issues cannot be resolved with the evaluator, Local Rule 5175 indicates that complaints regarding a child custody evaluator may be submitted in writing to the Family Court Services Manager for review and a written response within 30 days.

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