Child and Family Investigators are tools used by the Court and parties to help determine parental right and responsibilities in family law cases. Commonly referred to as a CFI, they are usually used in extreme cases where there are allegations of abuse and mistreatment by one or more parents. The court can appoint a CFI on its own if there are allegations of abuse by one party or either party may ask for a CFI if they believe one is necessary. CFI's are commonly attorneys, mental health professionals, or any other individual who is trained and the Court believes is able to be an effective CFI.
Divorces with minor children can be messy. Parents seem to fight over everything, especially child visitation rights and child support. Unfortunately, they usually lose sight of the bigger picture-- the well-being of their children. Parents need to realize child support is for support of their children, not to bump up their disposable income. In dissolutions of marriage involving children, spouses have a tendency to get creative in trying to avoid or reduce their child support payments by lowering their own incomes. However, a court has a mechanism to rebuff any attempts of the parent's trying to reduce their child support payments by artificially lowering their income. A court can and will impute income when they feel a party's unemployment or underemployment is voluntary and used to shirk their child support responsibilities.
School violence is a tragic reality that Americans must deal with in this day and age, as this article in the Denver Post reminds us yet again: Arapahoe High School officials mum on threat level posed by shooter - The Denver Post. Sadly, those of us who live in and love Colorado have experienced too much of this. This latest shooting at Arapahoe High School has been devastating to the students, parents and community.