Child Custody

The Role of the “Expert Witness” in a Custody Case. (Part 3 of 3)

Creating a Strategy: Using a Child and Family Investigator (“CFI”) or a Parental Responsibility Evaluator (“PRE”) in your child custody case is a decision you should make with the guidance of your divorce attorney. The CFI/PRE, allows in depth recommendations to be made to the Court regarding the parenting plan. The most important decision you and your attorney make regarding use of a CFI or PRE, however, will be the “strategy” that you develop. Anyone can react to the tactics, behaviors, manipulations and actions of their opponent during litigation. What you want to do is to get control of yourself and the litigation by getting control of the issues. With a CFI or PRE, gaining control over the issues to…

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The Role of the “Expert Witness” in a Custody Case (Part 2 of 3)

Child Custody Evaluation By a Child and Family Investigator (CFI) – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Using a Child and Family Investigator (CFI) or a Parental Responsibility Evaluator (PRE) in your custody case is a decision you should make with the guidance of your attorney. The CFI/PRE, allows in depth recommendations to be made to the Court regarding the parenting plan. The most positive aspect of having a CFI/PRE involved in your case is that if they are “on your side”—meaning they have made a recommendation favorable to your position–this can be persuasive evidence to the Court to rule in your favor. The CFI/PRE can also be of assistance as parenting disputes and other issues arise during the…

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The Role of the “Expert Witness” in a Custody Case (Part 1 of 3)

In Colorado, “custody” cases, also called “parental responsibility” or “parenting time” cases, sometimes require the use of an expert parenting evaluator. These “experts” are usually psychologists or therapists who have additional training and have been approved by the Colorado courts to provide recommendations regarding parenting plans and other “custody” matters. Parenting experts are most often used in higher conflict child child custody cases such as: when one parent is attempting to show that the other parent is unfit or less-fit than they or when one parent wishes to move away, taking the children away from the other parent. What to Expect From an “Expert Evaluator” During Your Child Custody Case The expert will evaluate you and the other parent through personal…

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