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Family Court Services

Child Custody and Visitation Overview

Family Law Code §3170 requires mediation is set when a petition or other pleading has been filed requesting to obtain custody or visitation orders when parties do not agree.

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In Riverside County child custody mediation is conducted by a Child Custody Recommending Counselor (CCRC) pursuant to Family Law Code §3183, whereby, in the event the parties do not reach an agreement during mediation, the CCRC will prepare a recommendation for the court’s consideration.

Pursuant to Family Law Code §3161 the purpose of the CCRC appointment is to resolve custody and visitation issues that are in the best interest of the child.

The parenting plan addresses such topics as legal custody, physical custody, timeshare schedules, telephone/video contact, transportation, holidays and any other special needs or issues pertaining to child custody and visitation. Other topics that may be discussed include domestic violence and substance abuse issues.

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  • Prior to attending the CCRC appointment, each parent is required to complete an online course designed to help you develop a parenting plan that truly reflects your child(ren)’s best interests. The online course can be accessed at www.uptoparents.org (external site ) Once you have completed the online course, please print the certificate of completion and bring it to your CCRC appointment.
     
  • Prior to attending the CCRC appointment, parents are also encouraged to view the Riverside Parent Orientation Program video (external site ) for information on the CCRC process in Riverside County.
     
  • Prior to attending the CCRC appointment, each parent is required to complete a Child Custody Recommending Counseling Questionnaire (pdf ). Once you have completed the online questionnaire, please print a copy and bring it to your CCRC appointment.
     
  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes early for your CCRC appointment to allow for parking, court security clearance, check-in and the completion of initial paperwork. Both parties must attend the CCRC appointment in order for CCRC services to occur. Be prepared to spend up to two hours for the appointment.
     
  • No additional third parties nor children may be included in the CCRC session. If a child interview is ordered by the court or scheduled by the Child Custody Recommending Counselor a separate date/time for conducting a child interview will be scheduled.

  • Once both parents have been excused from the CCRC appointment, neither parent can have further communication of any type with the Child Custody Recommending Counselor.
     
  • After the CCRC appointment, the Child Custody Recommending Counselor will prepare the parenting plan you agreed to (stipulated agreement), or prepare a recommendation, if you did not reach an agreement, for the Judicial Officer’s consideration.
     
  • The Child Custody Recommending Counselor will typically submit the proposed agreement or recommendation to the court a minimum of 2 court days prior to the hearing. The CCRC report is made available to the parties and their attorney as designated by each party (e-mail, fax, in person) on their CCRC intake questionnaire.
     
  • If you are not satisfied with the services you received from the Child Custody Recommending Counselor, you may request to change the CCRC (pdf ) for future scheduled CCRC appointments.
  • If you are not satisfied with the services you received from Family Court Services or a specific CCRC you can submit a complaint (pdf ). The Family Court Services Manager will review all requests to change CCRC/complaints, speak to appropriate staff, as necessary, and provide a written response within 30 days in accordance with the Riverside Superior Court’s Local Rule 5155 (J) (pdf ).

Please note: Submitting a complaint will NOT preclude the Child Custody Recommending Counselor from tendering a recommendation. Additionally, submitting a complaint will not automatically result in you being returned to Family Court Services for another CCRC appointment with a new Child Custody Recommending Counselor.

Supervised or monitored visitation may occur when there is a need to protect children because of substance abuse, child abuse or neglect, family violence, other serious problems, or when children are becoming acquainted or re-acquainted with a parent.

For additional information related to Supervised Child Visitation, please visit the California Courts Website Supervised Visitation Page (external site ).

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(ren).

Resource Lists – Information for Litigants

The Riverside Superior Court provides resource lists as a public service to court users. The Riverside Superior Court does not recommend nor endorse any provider on any resource list.

Resource Lists – Information for Providers

If you are interested in applying to be included on one or more of the court’s resource lists or if you are already on a list and would like to submit updated information, submit a complete application for EACH list you would like to be considered for, using the following forms:

Resource provider applications should be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Family Court Services Manager at:

Riverside Family Law Court
4175 Main Street 2nd floor
Riverside, CA 92501Fax: (951) 777-3530
Email:  FamilyLawServiceProviderApplication@riverside.courts.ca.gov

Resource lists are updated annually. Once your application has been received you will receive a response from the Family Court Services manager.

Family Law Code §302 indicates, in part, an unmarried person under 18 years of age may be issued a marriage license upon obtaining a court order.

The following documents are required to be submitted in order for the court to consider a minor marriage application;

An interview with a Child Custody Recommending Counselor (CCRC) will be scheduled. Each party requesting to marry will be interviewed along with at least one parent or guardian of each minor. The CCRC will provide a recommendation for the court hearing. A judicial officer will determine if permission to marry will be granted or denied.

Prior to attending the CCRC appointment, each party requesting to marry is required to complete a Minor Marriage Child Custody Recommending Counseling Questionnaire (pdf ). Once you have completed the online questionnaire, please print a copy and bring it to your CCRC appointment.

Additionally, each party being interviewed must bring a government photo identification (i.e. driver’s license, school ID) and proof of relationship between each minor and the parent/guardian authorizing permission to marry (i.e. birth certificate, guardianship orders).