WHAT TO DO WHEN PARENTS DON’T AGREE ON MATTERS RELATING TO CUSTODY
In situations where parents cannot agree on co-parenting responsibilities and/or how decision-making will be managed, the court will appoint a Child and Family Investigator (CFI) or a Parental Responsibility Evaluator (PRE) to report on what is in the children’s best interest. A CFI/PRE is usually a licensed attorney or mental health professional with knowledge of child development. The role of the CFI/PRE is to conduct an investigation and provide a recommendation to the court about custody and/or decision-making based on what they believe is in the children’s best interest.
A trained Child and Family Investigator can help you to be more prepared for the often emotionally rigorous process of a child investigation. They can explain the process of an investigation, provide insight on what information an investigator will need and help you organize and disseminate the documents and other evidence that will be crucial for the investigation.
To help keep costs down, the courts have placed some limits on the scope of Child and Family Investigators (CFIs). Being prepared with the correct documents and other information will help you get the best possible outcome from the investigation. Joanna’s experiences working with the courts, as well as hundreds of Colorado families, will be a benefit to you and your family.
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