Child and Family Investigations (CFI)
Linda L. Mann, Esq. LPC, NBCC, is listed in the following Districts in the State of Colorado: 1st, 8th, 17th, 19th, and 20th Districts. Mrs. Mann is able to accept State Pay Cases.
By a Stipulation of the Parties submitted to the Court Mrs. Mann has served as a CFI in several other districts due to her qualifications both as a mental health provider and an active licensed attorney in the State of Colorado.
Courts may appoint Child and Family Investigators (CFI) in cases involving parental responsibilities, parenting time, and decision-making. The court order appointment a CFI will outline the duties, or the scope of the CFI appointment. The CFI role is to investigate, report and make recommendations to the court, as directed in the order of appointment, regarding the best interest of the child(ren).
C.R.S. 14-10-116.5 authorizes the Colorado family law court to appoint a Child & Family Investigator (CFI), either upon request of one (or both) of the parties, or on its own.
Legal Guidelines for Child and Family Investigations:
In addition to the C.R.S. 14-10-116.5 referenced above, there are additional sources of guidelines applicable to CFIs:
Chief Justice Directive 04-08. Guidance from the Supreme Court are applicable throughout Colorado.
Regardless of who requests the CFI appointment, the Court may apportion the fees and costs to both of the parties, or to one of them. If either of the parties is indigent, the State of Colorado may pay that party's fees under the state rate.
Section III of CJD 04-08 caps the CFI fees at $2,700.00. If the fees are going to be higher than that, the CFI needs to go back to Court to justify what extraordinary circumstances exist, and the Court must enter a detailed order showing the specific special circumstances which justify the higher amount. If the CFI is asked to Testify in Court an additional charge of $500 is to be paid in full 14 days prior to the hearing date. Except for State Pay cases, the State will pay the CFI directly after the Court Hearing.
Who Can Be Appointed as CFI:
A CFI may be an attorney or a mental health professional, or anyone else with appropriate training acceptable to the Court. Mental health professionals are most common.
Contact me to discuss your specific needs and situation.