Divorce can be a difficult time for anyone, but it’s also the most important time to be prepared. Don’t let your judgment be clouded, get ready to do what’s right in the long run. Oftentimes, there are children and finances involved, so it’s best to be ready and prepare your case.
Surveillance is key in the divorce process and can be used to uncover many things:
- INFIDELITY: While many states are considered ‘no fault’, this can be important for many reasons. Firstly, not all states are ‘no fault’ so this could actually be relevant information in court. Secondly, is your spouse spending marital assets on their affair? Also great information! And lastly, sometimes you just need to know if there’s infidelity so you can make some decisions.
- CUSTODY: Ever wonder what your spouse is doing when they have custody of your children? Are they leaving them with a babysitter or taking them to bars? This is the way to find out what’s really happening when you’re not around.
- ALCOHOL & DRUG USAGE: While it is difficult to determine drug usage, it’s not impossible. Some people actually use drugs on the street, on their front porch, in their car in a public parking lot. Alcohol tends to be easier to catch because they can be followed to a bar – here we see what they’ve ordered, watch the bartender make the drink and the waiter deliver it.
- SUPPORTIVE RELATIONSHIP: As part of the marital settlement agreement, there is usually a section on supportive relationships. In some states, there are guidelines as to how to prove this and in others there are no real guidelines (ie. Florida). Here we work closely with the attorney to determine the best course of action – generally following the couple to the supermarket, etc to see who’s paying and staking out overnight to prove they are living together (on random days over the course of a couple of months)
Don’t be caught off guard, be ready! We can help you be ready for this trying time in your life, so don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our team members to discuss your particular situation to see how we can help you BE PREPARED!
Written by Chantal Kahale, Director of Operations, Crossroads Investigations