“730 Evaluation”: a joke with no laughs

child custodyToday I would love to discuss the “730 Evaluation,” aka as “hold your bloomers, there comes a wind.” A 730 evaluation is when you jump into the murky waters of what we call family law courts. The “730″ is only one of those surprises that will almost bankrupt you with silliness. It is pretty much an evaluation to help the court determine the relative allocation of decision-making authority and physical contact each parent will have with the child. The courts usually apply a “what is in the best interest of the child“ standard in determining this restructuring of rights and responsibilities. This is going to be taking place for one or two reasons: the first is that you and your former “love” hate each other and are trying to use the kids as tools to hurt one another (also neither of you are smart enough to read the writing on the wall and are being stupid in public). The other is that some psychologist is a weapon one side is hoping to hit the other with and sometimes this can come from the court also…in the form of a recommendation!

These psychologists will pick your wallets and savings like a hungry vulture looking down on a person who is trying to cross the desert with a cup of water…my opinion only. However, not one, not two but several divorce lawyers that I know and a few that I respect used an interesting word when describing “730 evaluations” and that word is CORRUPT!!! And a couple went so far to say that good judges often throw out these high paid assassins recommendations all together. How deep does the corruption go? I am not sure, but having an agenda to get over on one side or the other is always an interesting position to take…smell the money? SCAM was another word used by one of Beverly Hills’ highly respected lawyers in reference to these high paid gunslingers with “crooked sights.” I need to stop or I will keep moving in this vein and miss my point…hmmm, I am wondering would that make me a good “730 evaluator?” Another lawyer told me that in ancient times these psychologists would have worn black hoods and carried big axes!

“Collaterals” will kill you in one of these evaluations also, I have seen people who were deemed to be total nut jobs, yet were given a box to spout off all kinds of evil stuff about a client. And the Psychologist gave her a great deal of credibility, why not? They billed several thousands of dollars on the crazy one’s ramblings. These collaterals can be people who hate you and love the other side, what they have to say will be brought forward and in many cases used against you…what? I swear a Kangaroo just jumped past my screen. Remember that term people, COLLATERALS…more dangerous than a venomous snake and some PhD will listen to them and report what they say to the judge in the form of the “evaluation.”

These interviews will kill you, 60-80 pages of bullshit for the most part, everyone having an agenda and so much “she said he said” crap and you will pay for all of it.

That is also part of the game, one side says something about this or that and then BAM! More reports come pouring in and the bill gets even bigger than you ever thought possible. You will swear when you see the “professional statements” that they bill by the individual letter, the fees for these people are outrageous and you, my divorcing couple, will have to bear the costs and they will be in the thousands of dollars.

I found this statement during my research: “Psychologists provide an important service to children, objective, impartial information in assessing he best interests of the child. by demonstrating a clear sense of direction and purpose in conducting a child custody evaluation; by performing their roles ethically; and by clarifying to all involved the nature and scope of the evaluation” I need to go and check my source for this to see if they are not writers for Jay Leno. From what I know these people will do the bidding for whoever is paying the most, and folks, if you have done this, you know from what I speak. They also provide a “flare” while looking for gas fumes!

Further sources state, “Psychology is in a position to make significant contributions to child custody decisions.” That is perhaps true, as well as make a significant contribution to their bank accounts along the way…and for people in the throes of divorce, you folks have to look like sheep coming for a shearing (I was a cop in the Central Valley of California and those sheepherders could take the wool clean off those dam sheep).

Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations in Divorce Proceedings

I. Orienting Guidelines: Purpose of a Child Custody Evaluation

1. The primary pu rpose of the evaluation is to assess the best psychological interests of the child.

The primary consideration in a child custody evaluation is to assess the individual and family factors that affect the best psychological interests of the child. More specific questions may be raised by the court.

2. The child’s interests and well-being are paramount.

In a child custody evaluation, the child’s interests and well-being are paramount. Parents competing for custody, as well as others, may have legitimate concerns, but the child’s best interests must prevail. The focus of the evaluation is on parenting capacity, the psychological and developmental needs of the child, and the resulting fit.

John’s thoughts: All was fine with the kids, it was the parents who got sick of each other and now complete strangers with “degrees” are going to figure out what is best for you and your kids….this is INSANE! And much of what they report is ridiculous if you actually know about the situation. Remember, “hired guns”…

8. The scope of the evaluation is determined by the evaluator, based on the nature of the referral question.

“The scope of the custody-related evaluation is determined by the nature of the question or issue raised by the referring person or the court, or is inherent in the situation. Although comprehensive child custody evaluations generally require an evaluation of all parents or guardians and children, as well as observations of interactions between them, the scope of the assessment in a particular case may be limited to evaluating the parental capacity of one parent without attempting to compare the parents or to make recommendations. Likewise, the scope may be limited to evaluating the child. Or a psychologist may be asked to critique the assumptions and methodology of the assessment of another mental health professional. A psychologist also might serve as an expert witness in the area of child development, providing expertise to the court without relating it specifically to the parties involved in a case.”

John’s thoughts:

I am sitting in a very very nice part of Los Angeles as I write this and when I read this paragraph I was stung by the smell of “pig crap.” Oh what the hell, let’s take the family dog and hamster too and get them evaluated….who the hell can be evaluated and why? A lie detector has more credibility than most of the “evaluators,” as someone else comes in on another day and comes up with a whole different set of facts…ever heard the expression, “money talks”?

More to come on 730 Evaluations

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6 Responses to ““730 Evaluation”: a joke with no laughs”

  1. FamilycourtisaVortex says:

    Awful, just awful the damage 730 Evaluators can do. If you have to go down this road, be very, very diligent in your research before selecting one. And best if you choose a court approved one.

  2. I have a friend about to go through divorced and fighting for the child custody. I hope she doesn’t go down this road of 730. In this case the child is definitely better off with the mom.

  3. Cranky says:

    Court Appointed Psychological Forensic Child Custody Evaluators are social engineers and harm children and financially destroy families. They are usually selected by the more savvy powerful party in a custody case. They are on Family Court Lists and Judges rely heavily on their reports. There is so much promise in the title but, there is virtually no Forensics employed, they are nothing but spin doctors and if you are not careful to stop it these people they will churn your case and keep it going until your child ages out of the system. You are right…they cite he said, she said scenarios, they ignore and strongly resist hard evidence and fill their reports to the Court with hunches, and feelings and layers of hearsay. These reports are nonsensical and put filters between the evidence and the Court. These reports distort the decision making process of the Courts. This Court appointed “cottage industry” of Evaluators, Minor’s Counsels, reunification therapists (the list goes on) favor the aggressor, the abuser, because they know the protective parent will continue fighting for the safety and well being of the children. These Court appointed professionals find ways to continue lining their pockets with the kids college funds, and every cent of money you have left after a divorce. The Courts must stop the practice of relying on these people. They do no good, they do harm. Ah ha, I almost forgot the # 730 means that they are not accountable for the damage they do to our children. They can place our kids in the hands of abusive, neglectful parents and walk away Scot free.

  4. Pandora says:

    Here is a link to a video that everyone should watch. As the title of this very article says, “A joke with no laughs” this video is just that. Please watch as this portrays the very scenario that is destroying children and families for a profit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gZ-1nLFdzE&feature=related

    We need more awareness of this growing pandemic of greed and corruption. Most people have no idea they are walking into a snake pit when they go to court to protect a child from domestic violence, child abuse, or neglect. They will become shackled to the system for years, with no chance of escape.

    We are told we have to follow the proper channels, yet all the while, it seems that it’s just a scam to defraud good parents out of their hard earned money. These people that the courts are appointing to “dissect” the families and the children, are intentionally misrepresenting the truth about the best interest of the child.

    If these so called “professionals” were to come in, assess the situation, listen to the children, and come to decision that would make sure the children are placed in the most positive, healthy, and supportive home, they wouldn’t make any money.

    This has absolutely NOTHING to do with the best interest of the children by any means. Courts not only rely on the false 730 evaluations, they are also using the back up excuses of a Minors Counsel or Guardian-Ad-litam. We need to expose the corruption of the Judicial System, which has become all too familiar to families destroyed over the past few years by these practices.

    True, hard evidence will be supressed, and replaced with false, made up stories, opinions, and conjecture.

    Custody disputes that are fairly easy to resolve become suddenly labeled “Contentious” for the sole purpose of dragging it out for profit. If the parties can not afford these services that the courts are demanding, they then become the liability of the tax payers. So, not only is this a senseless financial drain on the litigants, it becomes everyone financial responsibility.

    Now enter the emotional abuse inflicted upon the innocent parent, of whom only sought help through the court system, but instead became the target of a well planned attack to twist the truth, and turn the victims into the accused. All the while, the real accused abuser, slips through the system being protected at every turn by those of whom the court appointed. It’s a scam. The sole purpose is to award custody to the parent least deserving, so the case continues, over and over, for years, while the descent parent tries in vein to protect the child.

    It’s a hopeless situation, unless more attention is brought to light to stop the courts from appointing liars to misrepresent the children, denying us all of our right to due process.

  5. JIMMY NIXON says:

    YUP JOHN YOU THE MAN FOR THAT ITS CRAP GUESS WHO WANTS TO ORDER THE 730 JUDGE RAFAEL O WHAT A CLOWN AT MY EXPENSE I STILL PAY ALL THE BILLS AND SHE AT HER PARENTS HOME POCKETING 4000 A MONTH ITS FOUL BUT I REALIZED THAT IN A MARRIAGE ANY ONE CAN WAKE UP AND GO FILE FOR NO GOOD REASON ALLEGATIONS IN TOW AND TAKE ALL THE FINANCES AND CRIPPLE THE OTHER PARENT FINANCIALLY THE LAST SIX MONTHS WITH JUST ME AND THE KIDS WAS CRAZY OUR CURRENT LIFE STYLE WAS CONTENGENT ON OUR INCOME TOGETHER AND A FAMILY FRIEND IS REPRESENTING HER IN COURT WHILE IM GOIN TO NICKEL AND DIME LEGAL SEVICES THAT SEND THESE CLOWN ATTORNEYS THAT CANT SLAM DUNK A OBVIOUS WINNER IF THE SHOE WAS ON THE OTHER FOOT ID BE IN JAIL DOING 3 YRS FOR DV KIDS WITH HER CHILDSUPPORT AND SPOUSAL SUP WHAT THE HELL IS GOIN ON WE GOTTA GET ORGANIZED CALIFORNIA THIS COURT CRAP IS THE BELL SCANDLE ON STEROIDS IVE NERER BEEN SOO OVERWHELMED AND IM AN ARMY VET IVE SEEN SOME STUFF THIS TAKES THE CAKE ALL FOR A BUCK. WHATS THE PRICE WAR ON OUR KIDS

  6. Mr. Man says:

    well, there is one guy in OC, Dr. Sheffner!!! I am sure there are more!

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