Sep. 2, 2014
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Investigation Fees

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 ReportCode Section Requiring ReportCode Section Allowing Reimbursement
Petition to Declare Child Free from Parental Custody and ControlFC §7850FC §7851.5 Petitioner liable for costs NTE $900. Court may defer, waive or reduce costs when economic hardship.
Step-Parent AdoptionFC §9000FC §9001 – Step-Parent is liable for costs NTE $700. Court or court investigator, may defer, waive or reduce costs when economic hardship.
Child Custody InvestigationFC §3111FC §3112 Parent charged with support after court determines financial condition of parent.
Probate Guardianship – Relative GuardianProb. Code §1513Prob. Code §1513.1 – County shall assess guardian or estate of ward
Conservatorship ProceedingsProb. Code §1826Prob. Code §1851.5 Court order estate to pay unless it would pose undue hardship on the estate.
Conservatorship – Periodic ReviewsProb. Code §1851Prob. 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:

Investigation ServiceFee
Guardianship Investigation ( up to 6 hours)$300
Guardianship Status ReportsNo 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 PermissionNo Charge
Emancipation of MinorNo 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.

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