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What is a Child and Family Investigator and Why Do I Need One?

What is a Child and Family Investigator and Why Do I Need One?

A Child and Family Investigator (“CFI”) is a court-appointed expert that investigates and makes recommendations to the court regarding how to allocate parental responsibilities in the best interest of the child or children. In other words, the CFI is a neutral third-party that the court appoints to provide an independent perspective on child-related issues in your case.  The court appoints the CFI upon the request of either parent or if the court is concerned by factual circumstances of your case, such as alcohol abuse or domestic violence. A CFI can be appointed in any divorce case, post-Decree parental responsibilities case, or unmarried parental responsibilities case. The appointed CFI is usually an attorney or mental health professional, so they will be familiar with the factors that the court must…