Child & Family Investigator At Brandes & Associates, P.C.
Niceta Bradburn, Esq. is the Child and Family Investigator (“CFI”) for Brandes & Associates, P.C.
Children are often caught in the middle during a custody dispute and/or divorce, which is called dissolution of marriage under Colorado law. The needs and desires of the children are often lost in the process as each caregiver believes they are fighting for what is in the child’s best interest.
The need for a CFI often arises in cases with potential child protection issues or in cases, which caregivers have beliefs about the best interests of their children that seem irreconcilable.
A CFI investigates what is in the best interest for their children and they need a professional outside of the relationship to provide an unbiased opinion and give some guidance.
A CFI is appointed by the Court and reports directly to the Court on the child’s best interest. The job of the CFI is to research facts and information using a variety of methods to present neutral, honest, professional recommendations regarding parenting that are in the best interests of the child.
It is important to find a CFI who you feel comfortable with and who has the ability to understand the special circumstances of your case. Those circumstances can range from domestic violence, to children with special needs, to drug and alcohol issues. You are allowed to contact potential CFI’s prior to an appointment to ask questions and to request a Curriculum Vitae, which is the same as a resume.
Remember that the CFI is an unbiased individual and it should not matter which party recommends the individual, as their job is to provide an unbiased opinion based on their observations and information they have obtained. The Court is not required to follow the findings or recommendations of the CFI.