High conflict divorce custody dispute, how to get to the custody evaluator conference


My daughter has been involved in a high conflict divorce/custody divorce for almost a year. Her estranged husband was convicted of lewdness involving a child in Oct 2014. Both the divorce and the criminal case were ongoing at the same time. A commissioner in Weber county set temp orders. These orders dictated their 6-year-old daughter to be in physical joint custody with both parents May 2014. A custody evaluator was put in place by the father of the 6-year-old child.

The commissioner put in the temp orders to finish the custody evaluation and then herself, the evaluator and the parents should have a settlement conference. My daughter has no attorney, so we are wondering how to get this settlement conference to happen? Seems the paying side is holding it back, meantime my grandchild suffers.


Your daughter’s case is screaming out for an attorney to push it along and advise her. It may be possible that the court would award your daughter attorneys fees to prepare and present her case. She should ask the evaluator to commit to a completion date. The court order should have provided for a date of completion of the evaluation. I suggest that she set up the case better for contempt.

There needs to be a specific order in place that both sides have notice of before the court will find contempt. If she does not plan to hire an attorney, she should request a 4-903 conference date to set up with the court and in the alternative to set a completion date for the evaluation. Perhaps if she knows that the father of the six-year-old has not paid or will not meet with the evaluator, she should ask for a specific order compelling his payment or setting a date for him to meet with the evaluator. If he then violates that order, she would be in a better position to ask for contempt.


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High conflict divorce custody dispute, how to get to the custody evaluator conference