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Why Hire a Private Investigator Before a Divorce?

If you are considering divorce, you have a lot to worry about, and depending on your situation, you and your spouse may no longer be on good terms. This can make a fair divorce difficult. Luckily, a private investigator can help you during your divorce so that you get the results you want in a shorter time. Learn why you should hire a private investigator before your divorce.

To Prove a Child Custody Case

When children are involved, a divorce can become a messy headache, especially if both parents want full custody of the child. The courts, however, will only consider what is in the child’s best interest when choosing the main caregiver. The factors that help determine custody, however, are extensive and range from your relationship with the child to whether or not you’ve been accused of domestic violence.

Above all, the courts will give custody to the parent who can provide the most stable and loving home, but proving you are the right choice can be hard. A private investigator, however, can prove the other parent is a poor choice. They can do this by finding any signs of criminal records, accusations of assault, job history, etc.

Social media can be a gold mine, especially if your spouse’s social media accounts aren’t private. A private investigator can use a public social media account to identify questionable friends and behaviors like excessive drinking, partying, or drug use.

To Help With Child Support

If you are going to be the child’s primary caregiver, you may be wondering about child support. The parent who doesn’t get custody is required to pay money each month to help raise, feed, house, and clothe the child. The amount is heavily based on income, so if the other parent is lying about their income, they may not pay their fair share.

Again, a private investigator can help by looking for sources of income or signs of extra money like buying expensive electronics or going on vacations. This is particularly important if your ex is complaining they don’t have any extra money for themselves after paying child support.

To Discover Proof of Infidelity

Marriages end for many reasons, but if you suspect your spouse of cheating, you may want to hire a private investigator to find proof. While it won’t change your desire for a divorce, it will help you get the terms you want. If you can prove your spouse is cheating on you, the courts will be more inclined to side with you.

A private investigator can also prove if the infidelity directly harmed your children. For example, if your spouse took the children to meet the person with which they were having the affair, the courts may view that as harming the child by exposing them to a confusing, stressful situation.

While proving infidelity is always helpful, it is particularly helpful if you signed a prenuptial agreement. Many agreements prevent you from getting anything in the divorce unless the other person caused the divorce, and infidelity is a definite cause of divorce.

To Locate Secret Assets

During a divorce, the court will divide the assets in a fair way. However, the assets can only be correctly divided if all assets are included. If you suspect your spouse has hidden assets, a private investigator can help. They may find bank records from private accounts, property documents, stocks, or retirement funds. This can help you get the assets and money you deserve after the divorce.

This can also be helpful in child support cases. Your spouse may try to get out of paying their fair share by hiding finances so it looks like they can’t afford a higher child support payment.

A private investigator is a great addition to your team before and during a divorce. If you would like to know more, or if you would like to request a quote, contact us at J.P. Investigative Group, Inc.

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