Divorce is the dissolution of a marriage contracted between a man and a woman, by the judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction, or by an act of the legislature. Either of the partners in a marriage can call for divorce but both parties must agree to completely nullify a marriage. Divorce records are available as a part of each state’s vital records information. Before beginning your divorce investigation, it’s important to know that divorce laws vary from state to state.
When it comes to legal proceedings, it’s usually necessary to gather evidence to prove your case. And in the course of an at-fault divorce or child custody battle, private and personal family matters are sometimes revealed. Although in many instances the information gathered in a divorce investigation is for no other reason than to provide the client with peace of mind, the evidence collected is often used in court proceedings.
Matters relating to legal separation or divorce may need to be investigated; for example, proof of abandonment, irreconcilable differences, or obtaining divorce decrees. If you believe your spouse is unfit or incapable of having custody of your children, you must document the activities of suspicion. Use of drugs or cohabitation may also be an issue. Discreet PI can address these concerns as part of a divorce investigation.
If there are children involved please check our following pages:
- Child Custody and Visitation Investigations
- Child Support Enforcement and Collection
- Child Support Modification
Although the percentage of divorces requiring investigation has gone down as a result of the enactment of no-fault divorce laws, the actual number of divorces in the United States has increased to alarming rates. Now on the books in almost every state, “no-fault” divorce simply means that grounds for divorce are no longer necessary. Before no-fault divorce laws, private investigators had been used to develop evidence for grounds for the divorce.
Today, in no-fault divorce states, laws provide for the “equitable” distribution of marital property when the divorce is final. However, a spouse may sometimes attempt to hide assets in an effort to avoid splitting them. As part of a divorce investigation, ICS investigators can investigate a spouse’s finances and discover hidden assets such as private bank accounts, unreported income, travelers’ checks, false payments, retirement accounts, and more. A divorce investigation may also help prove that a spouse squandered marital property and should not be awarded half of what remains. And, especially in cases of suspected adultery or cheating, ICS understands the importance of ensuring that the subject is completely unaware of the investigation.