A child and family investigator is an expert witness that has been approved by the Colorado Supreme Court for use in cases where allocation of parental responsibilities is an issue. That means parenting time and decision making. A child and family investigator at the present time is paid a statutory cap of $2,750. Sometimes they can exceed that cap, but basically, that is the amount that they are paid. The purpose of a child and family investigator is to investigate what is going to be in the best interests of the children. A child and family investigator will talk to you, talk to your ex, talk to your collateral contacts, talk to any therapists and teachers who’ve been involved with the children, and go do a home visit with you and the other party.
Involve you interacting with the child and the other party interacting with the child, and then will write a report that is filed with the court in which the child and family investigator will make recommendations regarding what is in the best interest of the children in terms of parenting time and decision making. This can be a very useful took where you’re concerned about what’s going on in Mom or Dad’s household but you don’t have any concrete evidence. The child and family investigator will be going over there, will be talking to collateral contacts, will see what the living situation is like. It oftentimes can resolve your case.