There are many ways a private investigator can help you prepare for a divorce and assist your attorney during the course of a divorce. The exact way a private investigator can help you best will depend upon the particular laws in your state as well as your particular situation. The following are three main areas where a PI can assist in a divorce investigation.

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  1. Infidelity and prenuptial agreements.

    Although this is an area of investigation that can lead to a divorce, a cheating spouse’s behavior will factor into a divorce settlement in certain situations. Certainly, today’s divorce laws place little emphasis on who cheated on whom, but there are certain situations when infidelity can be important. One example is when there is an infidelity clause in a prenuptial agreement. This type of clause is becoming more common, so if your spouse is bound by legal contract to remain faithful, documenting infidelity can have serious financial repercussions for a cheating spouse.

    In some cases, evidence of infidelity can be used by your attorney to force a settlement with your spouse. Although infidelity may mean nothing in a court of law, certain professionals will not want this information made public as it will make them look bad. If this is a situation you are in, you will have to discuss this with your attorney. We can provide evidence of infidelity, but it is up to you and your attorney how to best use it in a legal manner.

  2. Evidence in a child custody battle.

    If your spouse has been cheating on you, the act of infidelity all by itself will not impact your custody issue; however, your spouse may be engaging in other activities that may demonstrate that he or she is an unfit parent. Exactly what constitutes an unfit parent is something to discuss with your lawyer, but we can document exactly what is occurring. It may be a situation where drug use or alcohol abuse is involved. It this is happening, we can document this. This type of information can be helpful to your divorce attorney in a custody battle. Our firm offers a comprehensive investigation into your spouse’s behavior.
  3. A search for hidden assets.

    No investigation during a divorce can be considered comprehensive until a private investigator does a search for hidden assets. The more wealth a married couple has, the better the chances are that one of the spouses will attempt to hide several assets. It is usually the spouse who earns the higher income that will attempt this, but we have the experience and skill to track down assets that are presumably safe. Keep in mind that your spouse is attempting to hide assets from you, and not a private investigator. It is more difficult to hide them from us. We have techniques and access to records that are beyond the scope of an amateur’s ability to hide assets.

We can provide a comprehensive investigation of your spouse prior to or during a divorce, and we can help your attorney secure a better settlement for you. You can contact us directly or have your divorce attorney speak with us about how we can best assist you.

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Bruce Robertson

Bruce Robertson is a private investigator and founder of Tristar Investigation, California’s premiere detective agency. Bruce is also a media commentator for the investigation industry, featured in the New York Times, CNN, History Channel, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times and many more. You can find him on Google+ LinkedIn and YouTube.