Most people dealing with divorce and child custody issues in Wheat Ridge and Jefferson County are new to the scene and don't have experience with these legal issues. Child custody has its own set of terms, and just like many other areas of the law, its own set of abbreviations. It's like learning a whole new language. Here's a few important abbreviations you may see or hear during your Arvada child custody case and what they stand for.
During a Wheat Ridge Divorce or Child Custody case, if there are contested issues regarding the children, the Jefferson County Court can appoint a Child and Family Investigator (CFI) or a Parental Responsibility Evaluator (PRE) to investigate the situation and provide an expert opinion. These investigators are tasked with conducting interviews, reviewing documents, and issuing reports, but each have different qualifications and requirements.
In my last blog, I wrote about the Child Family Investigator (CFI) and their role in a Wheat Ridge or Jefferson County divorce or child custody case. Another professional that may become involved with contested parenting arrangements is the Parental Responsibilities Evaluator or PRE. As an impartial third party, the PRE provides a report to the Jefferson County Court regarding mental health evaluations and recommendations.
Just like mediator can be helpful in working through contested issues in a Wheat Ridge divorce, the Jefferson County Court may appoint a Child Family Investigator (CFI) to be an impartial third party whose job is to investigate the best interest of the children. Because legal custody and parenting time issues can be emotionally charged, the court looks to the CFI to present a fuller, non-biased picture of the situation. Whether you are dealing with a specific child custody hearing, or handling parenting time issues as a part of a divorce, a Child Family Investigator may become a part of your case.