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A Court Investigation is required for the following matters: Probate Guardianship or Conservatorship, Termination of Guardianship or Conservatorship, Step-Parent Adoption, Termination of Parental Rights, Emancipation of a Minor, Underage Marriage Permission.
Statutes governing the investigations and reimbursement of the costs are as follows:
|Nature of Report||Code Section Requiring Report||Code Section Allowing Reimbursement|
|Petition to Declare Child Free from Parental Custody and Control||FC §7850||FC §7851.5 Petitioner liable for costs NTE $900. Court may defer, waive or reduce costs when economic hardship.|
|Step-Parent Adoption||FC §9000||FC §9001 – Step-Parent is liable for costs NTE $700. Court or court investigator, may defer, waive or reduce costs when economic hardship.|
|Child Custody Investigation||FC §3111||FC §3112 Parent charged with support after court determines financial condition of parent.|
|Probate Guardianship – Relative Guardian||Prob. Code §1513||Prob. Code §1513.1 – County shall assess guardian or estate of ward|
|Conservatorship Proceedings||Prob. Code §1826||Prob. Code §1851.5 Court order estate to pay unless it would pose undue hardship on the estate.|
|Conservatorship – Periodic Reviews||Prob. Code §1851||Prob. Code §1851.5 Court order estate to pay unless it would pose undue hardship on the estate.|
The following fee schedule has been adopted by the court for the various services provided by the Court Investigator:
|Guardianship Investigation ( up to 6 hours)||$300|
|Guardianship Status Reports||No Charge|
|Guardianship Termination or Review Report||$150|
|Conservatorship Investigation Initial Report (up to 12 hours)||$600|
|Conservatorship – Periodic Reviews (up to 6 hours)||$300|
|Conservatorship Termination Report||$75|
|Step-Parent Adoption Investigation ( up to 3 hours)||$150|
|Petition to Declare Child Free from Parental Custody and Control (up to 3 hours) with Petition for Adoption||$150|
|Petition to Declare Child Free from Parental Custody and Control (up to 6 hours)||$300|
|Under Age Marriage Permission||No Charge|
|Emancipation of Minor||No Charge|
If fees present a hardship, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. The Request to Waive Court Fees (FW-001) is the basic fee waiver form. For additional fees a (FW-002) is required. To learn more about this form and applying for a fee waiver, read the Information Sheet (FW-001-INFO) on Waiver of Superior Court Fees and Costs.