Family Court Services works with both parents in child custody mediation cases.
Family Court Services (FCS) provides Child Custody Recommending Counseling/ Mediation in family law cases when separating or divorcing parents cannot agree on a shared plan for child custody. Child Custody Recommending Counseling (Mediation) is provided in a private office with a specially trained professional to assist with custody issues. The conference allows both parents to work together toward a mutually acceptable agreement which is in the best interest of the children.
You must contact Family Court Services for an appointment as soon as you receive notice to do so. This office is only open for a limited number of hours each week. The phone number to schedule an appointment is (530) 623-1404. The Child Custody Recommending Counseling (Mediation) session will last approximately 1 to 2 hours. Prior to the CCRC session you will be asked to fill out an intake form. Attached to the intake for are various orientation materials to assist parents with the CCRC process.
CCRC (Mediation) Orientation:Rule 5.210 of the California Rules of Court requires that the Court provide an orientation to inform the parents about the mediation process, the role of the CCRC, how to address the developmental needs of children, limitations on confidentiality and other child custody issues. The Trinity Superior Court complies with this requirement by offering an online parent orientation video as well as provides orientation material which is attached to the intake packet.
WHAT IF THERE HAS BEEN VIOLENCE BETWEEN THE PARENTS?
Separate sessions are provided upon request if domestic violence has occurred. Mediators may also initiate separate sessions if there is an appearance of intimidation. Victims of domestic violence may wish to have an advocate accompany them to their mediation appointment. All Child Custody Recommending Counselors receive training to meet state standards for working with families who have experienced domestic violence.
FAMILY LAW CODE 3181 states that where there has been a history of domestic violence between parties, or where one party is protected by a domestic violence restraining order, the party alleging domestic violence has the right to request separate mediation.
FAMILY LAW CODE 6303 states that the person who alleges that he or she is a victim of domestic violence also has the right to select an individual to act as a support person during the mediation session. Family Court Services states that this may not be a current spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, a child relating to the appointment, or any other individual that the Child Custody Recommending Counselor (Mediator) feel would be inappropriate.
Family Court Services Mediator
Trinity Superior Court
11 Court Street
Weaverville, CA 96093
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