A range of emotions are released and experienced during divorce. Some of these can include sorrow and regret. But occasionally, vengeance and enmity enter the picture. Unintended consequences can result if strategic, careful thinking is not used during a divorce; but, rather, people let their emotions run away with them.
In family law proceedings, a crucial role can be played by divorce case private investigators. There can, however, be some risk where their involvement is concerned.
In child custody and divorce proceedings, whether or not to hire a private investigator is considered by clients who are suspicious about the behavior or actions of a spouse. It is seldom black-and-white, however, how to view and determine the answers to questions a spouse may have.
Pros of Hiring a PI in a Divorce Case
When you hire the services of a private investigator for the purpose of anything related to divorce, there are a number of positive outcomes that can result.
Even in states where no “fault” must be established in order for a divorce to proceed, other things can be affected by evidence acquired in an investigation. Some of these could include the following:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Spousal support
- Assets appointment
To get to the true facts, investigators can play a crucial role. They can help settle arguments based on nothing more than “he said/she said”.
Things that may be proven through evidence acquired by a PI:
- Drug abuse
- Financial irresponsibility
- Harmful, inappropriate, or otherwise undesirable human behaviors, etc.
To provide reports, the following may be used by a PI so that someone’s suspicions can be supported:
- Video evidence
- Photographic evidence
- Location tracking
With the right technology and expertise, private investigators can use these methods and more.
“I heard it through the grapevine.” This is a great way to come across information, but it won’t stand up very well in court. With a private investigator, however, you’ll be able to track down the information’s source and do some verification regarding any claims.
Private investigators also have numerous methods and manners through which they can execute their research including the following:
- GPS tracking
- Background checks
- Surveillance, and more
So, What on Earth Could Possibly Go Wrong? The Cons…
Yes, there are good reasons for hiring a private investigator and they frequently provide great results. But a decision like this should never be taken lightly. When in doubt, you may wish to consult a lawyer before hiring a private investigator. Admissibility of evidence, duty to disclose to opposing counsel, discoverability of the investigators reports, and more, may come into play.
Careful consideration must be done to weigh the potential benefits versus possible results. As an example, should an ex-spouse find out that they are being investigated, any amicable relationship you may have had could be severely impacted. Cooperation and communication could cease entirely in a case such as this.
The other thing to think about is the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for.” You may truly think you want to know something but remember this: The good, the bad, and the ugly will all come to light by the end of the investigation. Be careful, as well, of what may be brought to light regarding your own actions, if you are hiring a private investigator. Social media is a powerful tool that can be used by investigators. But anything that’s on the Internet is fair game. Might something about you, the hiring individual, be brought to light that you’d rather have left in the dark?
Is It Time To Hire Someone To Do a Little Investigation?
If you think something looks or feels suspicious, chances are, it probably is. But not necessarily! Acquiring the services of a private investigator through Probity Investigations could be in your best interests.
Contact us to schedule a free consultation today.