Everyone has read, heard, or seen adaptations of fairy tales that end with, “And they lived happily ever after.” When one finds a companion, they hope and pray that that is how their story will end. No one goes into marriage, or any relationship for that matter, thinking this is going to be the best break up or divorce ever.
However, for far too many their love story comes to an end far too soon and they are left hoping to get through the experience unscathed and often want answers as to why what seemed like perfection was just an illusion. That is where a marital investigator can come in and help.
The three biggest reasons why people hire a private investigator while going through a divorce is to find out if the other party is or was cheating, to help win a custody battle, and to find hidden assets they may be entitled to. While many a Hollywood movie has glamorized this type of investigation, bear in mind that each situation is different and yours probably will not be as romantic as seen on TV.
When a significant other has another he or she may go to great lengths to keep in on the down low. This includes making purchases with cash including burner cell phones, restaurant, and hotel bills so that they cannot be traced back to them. That is why, first and foremost, the most common reason given for hiring a PI is cheating. This is true whether you know your spouse is cheating and just need proof or if you simply have an inclination that you would like to confirm. Therefore, when it comes time to sever ties and go separate ways, many turn to a surveillance investigator for hard and fast information. This is true whether a divorce is imminent or not as this information can certainly help when it comes time to go to court.
Even if your soon to be ex is not cheating, you may need to hire a private investigator to help win a custody battle or to find money he or she has been hiding from you. A surveillance investigation agency can get proof that your spouse has been acting recklessly around your children. This can be anything from drunk driving to neglect, and everything in between. Plus, even if you are sure that all of your money is accounted for, the person that you hire may be able to locate some you had no idea existed. It is not uncommon for spouses to hide “rainy day” money in case a divorce or separation should occur.
However, in order to ensure that the business that you hire helps and does not hurt, it is important that you vet them appropriately. Be sure they have certification and identification, as well as liability insurance. Be sure to check references and the Better Business Bureau and read over the detailed contract before you sign it. This is important for a variety of reasons, including the fact that only information obtained legally by a private eye will work in your favor.