Child custody investigations are never easy. Most child custody decisions are made in the court of law. When a court decides who is going to gain custody, they make the decisions based on the Best Interests of the Child Standard. These standards are different based on where you live. However, even thought the laws may vary, the courts are required to consider several factors to determine what arrangement will be in the child’s best interest.
Because the court is the final decider in the future of your child, the goal of a child custody investigation is to help establish what truly is in the child’s best interest – with the aid of factual concrete evidence.
If you suspect that your child is being neglected, is being abused, is being placed in unsafe situations with a parent, or the parent is allowing friends or family members to use alcohol or drugs around your child, a private investigator can help you find the facts you need to show the courts that you are a better fit for your child.
One of the main issues that parents face while going through child custody proceedings, is the he-said-she-said argument. Often, parents make up lies to discredit the other parent, and sometimes get family members involved. To avoid this, private investigators gather concrete factual evidence to ensure you have a non-biased member on your side.
We offer a few different types of services and investigations to help you find these facts.
Witness Statements: Interviewing witnesses is perhaps the strongest type of evidence an investigator can gather. We will interview independent witnesses, record our interview, and report our findings. The goal of our investigation is to help establish true character.
Surveillance: We employ this technique to watch the child while they are in care of their parent(s). We document our investigation using video or still photography. The goal is to determine if your child is being abused, neglected, introduced to drugs or alcohol, or if your child is being put in dangerous situations. We’re looking for stable environments, and if we can’t find a suitable environment, we will report this in our findings and testify in court if you need us.
Background Research: This type of investigation can help determine whether a parent can care for the child. Their financial standings, assets, business dealings, criminal records, and more.
While every case is going to be different, the goal of our investigation is always the same. To find the evidence our clients need to help the courts make the right decision to benefit the child involved.
One of the most common requests we receive, come from clients who are about to go through the child custody proceedings against their former spouse. They are afraid that they will face their ex-partner/spouse in the courtroom and the former spouse will lie to gain custody of their children.
If this is the case, our investigators will conduct a thorough investigation with the end goal of collecting facts that can be presented in court and withstand the scrutiny of a legal team. With this type of investigation – “just enough” – is not enough. You need to make sure that you have as much evidence as possible to disprove an untruthful accusation.
Our investigation will gather witness statements from friends and family members and will include a background report on one or both parents. Finally, we will conduct a long and thorough surveillance to identify patterns to help the court see the child’s environment.
There are other things that we can investigate, Custody Agreement Violations, Child Abuse and Neglect, Cohabitation Violations, Financial Investigations, Drug Use and Environment Investigations, Safety / Hazard Investigations, and many more.
We understand that hiring a private investigator is not easy. The chances are that we may be the first private investigator you’ve ever hired, and we know you have a ton of questions about what we do, how we do it, and why we do it.
We encourage you to contact our team and request a free initial consultation. We’ll ask you a series of questions to see if we’re a good fit.