Frequently Asked Questions for Parties
What is a CFI?
When parties cannot agree on parenting time and/or decision making, a Child and Family Investigator (CFI) may be appointed by the court. A CFI is usually a licensed attorney or mental health professional with knowledge of child development. The CFI’s job is to conduct an investigation and write a report for the court in which they make recommendations on what they believe is in the child(ren)’s best interest.
How much do CFI’s cost?
CFI retainers and hourly rates can vary. Please refer to the CFI Directory for information on each CFI’s retainer and hourly rate. However, pursuant to CJD 04-08, the costs of a CFI report and investigation is capped at $2,000. The CFI shall not exceed the cap without a detailed written order from the Court showing the specific special circumstances that justify fees in excess of the cap.
How do I qualify for a state paid CFI?
If you qualify as indigent, you may be eligible to have the state pay for your portion of the CFI fee. Please file a JDF 208 form with the court to determine if you qualify for a state paid CFI.
How do I ask the court to appoint a CFI?
If you would like a CFI appointed to your case, you must file a motion (JDF 1317) for appointment of a CFI with the court and send a copy of the motion to the opposing party/attorney. You should refer to the CFI Directory to determine if there are any CFI’s in particular that you would like appointed to your case. Before asking the court to appoint a particular CFI, you should contact the CFI directly with any questions you may have and to verify that they are available to take your case.
Where can I get information on CFI’s who work in Adams/Broomfield Counties?
Please refer to the CFI Directory for a list of CFI’s who work in the 17th Judicial District. Before asking the court to appoint a particular CFI, you should contact the CFI directly with any questions you may have and to verify that they are available to take your case.
How do I file a complaint regarding a CFI?
If you would like to file a complaint regarding a CFI, please go to http://www.courts.state.co.us/Administration/Section.cfm?Section=jp3domprog and click on Child and Family Investigator Complaint Form.
Frequently Asked Questions for CFI’s
What are the requirements to become a CFI?
All CFI’s are required to comply with Chief Justice Directive 04-08.
How can I get appointed in Adams/Broomfield Counties?
In order to be appointed as a CFI in ANY county, you must be on the state-wide CFI list. To apply for the state-wide CFI list, please go to http://www.courts.state.co.us/Administration/Section.cfm?Section=jp3domprog for further information.
Once you are approved to be included on the state-wide CFI list, you must then apply to be included in our local CFI directory In order to be appointed in the 17th Judicial District. Please follow the instructions to be added to the 17th Judicial District’s CFI Directory. All CFI’s are required to submit an application form, an affidavit of compliance with Chief Justice Directive 04-08, and an updated resume to the Family Court Facilitator.