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Autism Spectrum Disorder
The number of kids diagnosed with Autism has been on the rise at a very high rate. If you are a parent going through a divorce or separation AND you have a child on the spectrum, I would guess your stress level is at an all time high. Know this: There is a light at […]
The CFI Process
Although all attorney Child & Family Investigators (CFIs) in the state of Colorado are bound by the same set of directives and standards, each has her own unique approach. I have worked with many families struggling with high-conflict relationships and other various issues. My goal as the CFI in your family law case is to […]
How can a CFI help me?
Do you really want someone appointed by the judge in your divorce case to stick their nose in your family business? Your first response is most likely, “No”. However, a Child & Family Investigator (CFI) will put the focus back on your kids. And focusing on them is what is most important in the long […]
What is a CLR?
The Child’s Legal Representative (CLR) is an attorney in a domestic relations case, appointed to represent the child’s best interests (as opposed to the child’s wishes – although, as a rule – I think the child’s wishes should be expressed to the court unless there are special circumstances indicating otherwise). The CLR does not file […]
In Colorado, if you have kids and you’re involved in divorce or allocation of parental responsibilities (“APR”) litigation, you may need to consider whether a Child and Family Investigator (“CFI”) or Parental Responsibilities Evaluator (“PRE”) needs to be appointed in your case. You may also be faced with the fact that the appointment may happen […]
When you have kids but never married your ex, you still need to consider having an official court order as to parenting time and decision-making responsibility. The parenting plan and court orders will help to ensure clarity and consistency. Hopefully you and your ex can figure out a way to co-parent easily but the plan […]
The CFI – my new best friend?
Nearly every parent involved in parental responsibility litigation wants to make a good impression upon the Child & Family Investigator appointed in their case. However, the CFI is not, cannot be, and will not become your new best friend. The Child and Family Investigator’s role is very clear in that the CFI provides recommendations in […]
CFI Lists and New Caps on Fees
Several changes to CFI requirements and practice became effective in 2012. One major change from previous years is that as of March, CFIs are required to undergo federal background checks and must be approved and listed on a statewide roster maintained by the Colorado State Court Administrator’s Office. As of July, local counties are publishing […]
How do I get a CFI appointed?
The CFI needs to be appointed by the judge assigned to your case. If you have an attorney, discuss this option with her. If you are representing yourself, you can ask the judge to appoint a CFI. You can ask the judge during a hearing or you can file paperwork to request a CFI. Check […]
What is a CFI anyway?
A CFI (Child & Family Investigator) is appointed by a judge to investigate and make recommendations about contested issues in a family court case. The CFI’s role is as an investigative arm of the court and is specifically investigating the best interests of the child or children involved. Although the CFI performs the investigation and […]