bill sponsor, introduced HB21-1228.
Beginning on January 1, 2022, the bill requires child and family investigators
(CFIs) and parental responsibility evaluators (PREs) to have training related
to domestic violence and its effect on children, adults and families. Training
must be provided by recognized sources with expertise in domestic violence
and the traumatic effects of domestic violence, and must include six hours
of training for both domestic violence and child abuse, as well as four
hours of subsequent training every two years. The bill also requires
legal representatives of children to comply with these provisions, and
requires that reports related to domestic violence, submitted to a court
by an investigator, evaluator or childâs legal representative, be considered
when determining parenting time and responsibilities.
The bill also requires that the Office of the State Court Administrator
maintain an eligibility roster for CFIs and PREs, and that a complaints
process relating to both CFIs and PREs be established. The bill specifies
that a Chief Justice Directive be created to implement these requirements.