Family Law

Family Law News Issue 1, 2020, Volume 42, No. 1

The Future of Custody in California Family Law Courts

Diane Wasznicky

Diane E. Wasznicky is a partner at Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP in Sacramento, CA. She is co-founder and facilitator of the Sacramento Custody Discussion Group (1983 – 2008) and has served on the Senate Task Force on Family Relations Courts. She is active in a number of organizations, including serving as President of the Sacramento County Bar Association, President of Women Lawyers of Sacramento, President of the Association of Family Conciliation Courts (AFCC-CA), and President of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS). She has served as an advisor to FlexCom since 2004. She also chairs the Legislation Committee of AFCC and currently serves as Treasurer of AFCC. She currently serves as a Coordinating Director for ACFLS.

No, this is not an article on the impact of Sanchez rulings in custody cases. This is about a more basic problem that frankly is impacting every California county.

Whether you practice in a county where recommendations on custody and parenting issues are allowed ("recommending" counties), or where they are not ("confidential" counties), there are always cases where the circumstances indicate a need for more in-depth assessment from qualified mental health professionals (MHPs) than any Family Court Services agencies can provide. What happens then in your county?

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