A court ordered investigation for child support can be a difficult process. The investigator may consult any person who may have information about the child and potential custody arrangements, except for the parties involved in the mediation. The investigator’s report must take into consideration the best interests of the child and include a detailed analysis of all information considered for each factor. Then, the investigator must make a recommendation and give a reason for that recommendation. This option is normally a last resort for parties that are unable to come to terms on their own.

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