A Child and Family Investigator (”CFI”) is an expert appointed by the Court to serve as its investigative arm in determining the best interests of a child. CFIs will gather information from the parties to the case, the child, and other important collaterals such teachers and therapists to investigate the best interests of a child. In addition, they will become familiar with the history of the case, review relevant documents, and take other actions necessary to investigate any contested issues. Upon completion of their investigation, the CFI will prepare a report for the Court with their findings, which the Court will rely upon in making orders regarding parenting time and decision-making. A CFI can testify as a witness for the Court at a contested hearing to ensure that the best interests of the child remain at the forefront of the proceeding.
Laurence Gendelman, Esq. has years of experience working with parents of children in custody disputes. He is well respected by members of the judiciary and other attorneys for his ability to investigate, recognize, and articulate the best interests of children. Mr. Gendelman is thorough, methodical, and intentional in every aspect of his investigation to ensure that his reports are helpful to the parties and the Court in resolving parental disputes.
If you are interested in having Mr. Gendelman appointed as a Child and Family Investigator in your case, please feel free to contact us for more information.