divorce investigations find assetsOnce you have decided to file for a divorce, we recommend that you consult with a private investigator in addition to an attorney for a divorce investigation. Our services are quite different from those offered by a lawyer, however, they are complementary. There are several things we can do for you that will enhance the outcome of your divorce.

We can locate hidden assets

These types of assets may be those that your spouse has hidden from you, or they are simply those you have not been told about. We can start with what you know and then begin a search for all assets that your spouse has. The purpose of doing this is to know ahead of time what exists and where it is at. Once you proceed with a divorce and one or more assets are not listed by your spouse’s attorney, you can then let the courts know about the other assets. Your spouse will then be placed in a position of explaining what happened to the assets.

In a state such as California, most assets in a marriage are considered community property. This means that they are yours as much as your spouse’s assets. By hiding assets, your spouse is in essence stealing from you. You have every right to know about all of the assets that your spouse has.

Types of assets we can locate

By hiring us to look for all the assets in your marriage, you do not have to be concerned with specifics and details. We have been conducting these types of investigations for decades and know the best ways to uncover assets that a spouse believes are well hidden. This includes stocks, bonds and property held in other countries. We can also find bank accounts under an alias including brokerage accounts and offshore accounts that your spouse may consider undetectable.

Safety deposit boxes

If your spouse has a safety deposit box, we will be able to locate it. This is a favorite way to hide cash, but the truth is, once a judge becomes aware of the safety deposit box, your spouse will be forced to reveal its contents.

Child custody

Our services extend well beyond finding hidden assets. If you believe that your spouse is unfit to take custody of your children for any number of reasons, we can help to document this for you. A good example is with a spouse that abuses drugs and alcohol. We can often catch a spouse under the influence on video. This will help in court when your attorney press for you to obtain custody of the children.


Although California is a no-fault divorce state, there are still a few circumstances where proving infidelity can affect the outcome of a divorce. You can discuss the legal aspects of this with your attorney. If needed, we have the skill to document your spouse’s infidelity.

You can call us for a consultation regarding your specific needs as you prepare for your divorce. Alternatively, you can discuss the issue with your attorney first. We have many years of experience working with divorce attorneys on many different investigations and can help you get what you believe is rightfully yours out of a divorce settlement.

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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.