Child Custody Recommending Counseling Intake Form
- Child Custody Recommending Counseling and Voluntary Mediation Sessions will be held in private, and all written and verbal communication will be deemed “official information” (Evidence Code, §1040). Any information may, however, be disclosed to the court.
- Superior Court of California, County of Humboldt is a "recommending" county. This means that if the parties are unable to come to an agreement regarding custody and/or visitation the mediator will act as a Child Custody Recommending Counselor and write a report to the court recommending a possible resolution. The Child Custody Recommending Counselor will base this recommendation on the statements of both parties and a background check of any ancillary sources the Recommending Counselor finds necessary to arrive at a recommendation. This is only a recommendation which the Court, the parties and their attorney will be provided prior to a hearing on the issues.
- Child Custody Recommending Counseling (CCRC) – Court Ordered: The content of the session is not confidential from the Court. If the parties come to an agreement in session, the recommending counselor writes the agreement, the parties sign (if represented by an attorney, the attorney signs), and the judicial officer is provided the report for signature. Once the report becomes a Court Order, a copy of the report is provided to the parties and is filed in the public portion of the Court file.
- If there is not an agreement between the parties, the counselor prepares a report with recommendations to the Court which is filed in a Confidential section of the Court file and provided to the parties prior to the Court hearing. The report is confidential from everyone but the parties, the judicial officer, and some court staff.
- In Child Custody Recommending Counseling there are certain situations in which the mediator may reveal information without your permission. They are not required to inform you of their actions in this regard.
- If you threaten to harm another person, if you threaten to harm yourself, or the mediator/recommending counselor has a reason to suspect child abuse/or neglect, the mediator/recommending counselor may contact the applicable person/protective agencies.