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 An Objective Voice for Children

Celeste Kling has extensive experience as a children's advocate and has worked in this capacity with many hundreds of families over more than two decades as Child and Family Investigator, Children’s Legal Representative, Special Advocate, and Guardian ad LItem.  In addition, she served on the Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee for Family Issues (2009 to 2019) and the Board of the Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative (2000-2008) and has frequently trained attorneys and mental health professionals in this area of the law.  Celeste served on board of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (1988-1991) and has taught family law classes regularly at Colorado State University from 1997 to 2018. She was a founding member of the Early Neutral Assessment (ENA) team in Larimer County, combining legal and psychological professionals to help parents resolve disputes regarding their children during and after separation. At this time, Celeste offers the following child-focused services:

 Mediation with Child Input:

Celeste Kling has a very successful mediation practice, which includes many family law issues, as well as non-family law matters.  Usually, family law mediation on topics related to children is conducted by the mediator working directly with the separating or separated parents, or working jointly with the parties and their attorneys.  In some cases, however, the parents believe that the input of their child or children would be a valuable element in the process of reaching a resolution.  In these cases, by stipulation of the parties, Celeste Kling meets individually with each of the children to learn their thoughts and get their input, so that she can bring their perspective back to the mediation table, without the children participating directly in mediation. 

In appropriate cases, this approach has proven to be a very constructive method of giving the children a voice in the parenting plan that is not translated or delivered by one of the parents, and does not put the children on the spot with both parents in an emotional showdown.  In the end, all decisions are made by the mediating parents, but their confidence is buoyed by clarifying what their children’s wishes are as the parents determine their agreements.

Voice of the Child Interviews and Reports:

In some cases, the parents or the court want the child’s voice to be brought before the court from a neutral interview, without the expense of a full parental responsibilities evaluation or child and family investigator report, or the stress to the child of an interview with the judge. A Voice of the Child interview occurs away from the formality of judicial buildings and the child speaks alone with the interviewer, who subsequently provides a formal report to the court and the parties (and counsel, if any). The meeting is conducted privately, but it is not not privileged communication (legally confidential). Celeste is an interviewer with extensive professional experience interviewing children. A voice of the child report conveys the child’s input and the interviewer’s observations, but does not make recommendations to the court or the parents.

Voice of the Child reports are a new tool being adopted in our courts, and the scope and procedures for this approach may evolve as courts adapt to this new option. Celeste offers Voice of the Child interviews and reports, pursuant to court order.