If you’ve arrived here, I know you’ve been on a difficult path. There is little more challenging in life than raising kids, let alone trying to raise them with a previous partner that you struggle to get along with or disagree with on parenting approaches.
I know this is a difficult, sometimes confusing process. It is my goal to soften the blow a little by being consistent, clear with my expectations and process so you know what to expect. I’m here to be the neutral third party you’re looking for. Read more about my process and what to expect below:
When you’re in the middle of parenting time or decision making struggles, it can be hard to see the forest for the trees. Since the judge is unable to really get out and gather all the information they need to make the best decision for the child(ren), they hire someone like me.
With my background as a mental health, substance abuse, and play therapist, I have developed a keen skill in focusing on what is in the best interests of children. I have extensive training and experience in understanding child development, family systems, and engaging people in an honest way. I will not take your or the other parent’s side. I hold the belief that most parents are doing the best they can with what they know and what resources they have at the time. I am eternally on the side of your children and what will help them grow up to be as healthy, happy, and balanced as they can.
And that’s really what it’s all about: the kids.
It’s my job to gather as much information as I am able to and present that in a clear, concise manner to the judge so they are able to make the best judgment they can. Though I do make recommendations based on my experience of gathering information, the judge is the ultimate decider. Sometimes a judge will order my recommendation as written, other times they’ll adjust it as they believe is necessary, and still other times they’ll order something completely different. It is up to them, I’m here to collect and report information.
My process typically includes:
- Individual Parent Interviews
- In-Home Visit and Observation (including out-of-state parents, cost of travel is paid in addition to the CFI fee, according to CFI order)
- Individual Interviews with Children, if appropriate
- Collateral Interviews (family, friends, care providers, teachers, counselors, etc)
- Records Review
- Background checks
- Review of any information provided by parents to support their position
I typically spend about 30 hours collecting, interpreting and writing my CFI Reports. I am committed to timely, open communication and concise, easy to understand and read reports. It is my job to summarize what I’ve gathered according to the regulations by the State of Colorado, and not simply to repeat what was said to me. I break down and report based on the Best Interests of the Child considerations per 14-10-124. You can expect a report to be completed in about three months, longer for out-of-state cases.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or to inquire about availability. Sliding scale, half-state-pay cases, and payment plans are available. Spaces are limited.
Read more about the Chief Justice Directive 04-08 here.