At the end of a relationship, parties might disagree on the terms of a separation agreement. Be it a dispute over allowances or child custody, with arguments being heated and emotions running high, one party may voluntarily or not misrepresent the situation to their benefit leaving the other party at a disadvantage. A professional investigator trained to collect and manage information in a legal manner can provide admissible evidence that will demonstrate true and unbiased facts in a disputed situation thus allowing a judge to make a ruling that is just and fair to everyone involved.
A Private Investigator can:
1. Confirm co-habitation status
The living situation of a former spouse has implications on allowances and custody obligations. An undisclosed change in the living arrangements or a new relationship can have a major impact on alimony amounts and conditions of the child’s custody. If remained unknown and undetected, the other party can continue paying unjustified amounts which over several months or years can turn into a significant sum.
Through surveillance, interviews, and research, a Private Investigator can confirm and document whether the living conditions or a new relationship of the former spouse were identified correctly, that they were not misrepresented, and most importantly that they meet the conditions of the child custody agreement and do not endanger the welfare of the child.
2. Confirm employment status
Just like the former spouse’s living conditions, their employment status will also have an impact on the amount of support to be paid or to be received. When one party conceals their true income by working for cash or by changing employment, it can have severe implications on the other party who will either receive inadequate support or will continue to pay disproportionate and unjust amounts.
Through surveillance, interviews, and research, a Private Investigator can confirm and document whether the employment status of the former spouse was identified correctly, was not misrepresented, and that they can provide or receive proper and fair support payments.
3. Identify hidden assets
When one party tries hard to hide their assets in order to reduce support payments to their former spouse, a simple search in a database will rarely produce the desired results. When done “right”, hidden assets are very hard to identify on paper and that’s where a Private Investigator with experience in tracing proceeds of crime (which share the same end goal of hiding assets and concealing their origins) can help do all the grueling fieldwork and research required to obtain information that can help establish the true asset portfolio of a given party.
4. Confirm respect of conditions
Numerous obligations could be set within a custody agreement. From avoiding contact with certain people, avoiding certain places and activities to having a curfew, those terms are very hard to keep track of and they can jeopardize the safety and the well-being of the child if they are not being met.
Discreet surveillance, conducted by a trained professional, can confirm whether the agreed-upon terms are being respected by the other party and if the child is safe during their time with the former spouse.
5. Gather admissible evidence
Simply knowing or feeling that a former spouse misrepresented their assets, their living conditions, or their employment status is often not enough for the legal system to act upon this information. Clear evidence obtained in a legal manner is required to prove that one party deceived the other or is not meeting the obligations of an agreement.
A Private Investigator with knowledge and understanding of the legal system can efficiently obtain quality information that will serve as admissible evidence inside the courtroom.