Gathering evidence to support your divorce or child custody case is obviously an essential step in any case. Financial documents, social media posts, and medical records are all places we can find evidence to help support our case, as well as testimony from friends and family. In some cases, though, documents and testimony are not sufficient to really support some of the issues in such a case. Sometimes a private investigator can help discover additional evidence to support allegations in a divorce of custody.
Private investigators can help in two main ways. The first way is the stereotypical private investigator type of action, which includes following a spouse, taking pictures, making detailed reports of movements, and finding witnesses. This type of evidence is useful to show your spouse really is meeting up with his or her paramour, or that the other parent is dropping the child off at a relative’s house for hours every day, for example. The investigator’s job can include physically following around the other parent or your spouse to help chase down the information or photographic proof you need.
The other way a private investigator can help is through technology. Private investigators often have innovative ways to pursue evidence using computers. In some cases, for example, instead of following a spouse for hours or even days attempting to obtain evidence that he or she is going to a particular place on a regular basis, it may be possible to put a tracking device on the car. It may also be possible to clone your spouse’s hard drive. That said, it is imperative to be aware of the laws surrounding tracking devices and recording electronic communications. Before any of these types of steps are taken, your lawyer should carefully review the strategies to make sure they are legal and any evidence they produce will ultimately be admissible in court.
In addition to uncovering evidence of infidelity or parental absenteeism, private investigators can also be helpful in conducting background checks. This technique is often used when a parent needs more information about the new paramour of the other parent. A private investigator can also help conduct asset reviews and checks to help find if a spouse is hiding assets.
The decision to hire a private investigator is unique to each case. Although not every case needs one, we have experience in helping our client to determine if a private investigator could help them achieve their goals. Contact us today at (732) 479-4711 to talk about your divorce or custody case and what evidence we need to help you gather.