Divorce and Child Custody
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The marital breakdown in today’s society is higher than at any point in the past. Statistics tell us that over 50% of marriages will end in divorce.
One of the most important and stressful decisions you will ever make is to terminate your marriage, especially when children are involved. Divorces can involve not only spousal support, child custody issues, child support, property, and other financial matters as well. There are marriages that end amicably, but most do not, necessitating not only legal but also investigative assistance.
Divorce and Child Custody
There are benefits from hiring AccurIntel for divorce and child custody cases, such as in obtaining evidence regarding your ex-spouse’s lifestyle, assets, a new boyfriend/girlfriend, unknown people living in the house your children are also living in, friends and any other people who are associated with your ex-spouse who could be a bad influence on your child. An extensive background check can be conducted on these individuals to help ensure your child is not living in an atmosphere not conducive to their well being.
AccurIntel can conduct a thorough investigation, including covert video surveillance if neglect and/or abuse of the child is suspected, which can prove or disprove such concerns. If such concerns prove to be factual our investigators will work closely with law enforcement authorities and Child Protective Services (CPS), to safeguard the child’s welfare.
These matters are why a professional private investigator is often necessary. Your attorney’s role is to represent you in court and provide you with legal instructions to guide you through the family court system. A private investigator’s role is to uncover evidence to provide that information to your attorney for use in your case. We work closely with attorney’s to assist you in your divorce/custody litigation proceedings.
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Common Child Custody Case Types
All investigations are different – but here are the most common types of cases we handle involving child custody investigations and have developed tactics that are proven to be successful in protecting the best interests of the child in these situations.
When a client has a custody battle upcoming, one of the greatest fears is they will face an untruthful former spouse’s testimony in court. To belay these fears, we will conduct an investigation aimed at arming you with the facts, if you are going to face false accusations, it’s better to have the evidence on hand to disprove these allegations.
In cases such as this, we use these tactics:
Conduct surveillance of a parent while the child is present and provide proof of the child's day to day life.
Gather and document witness statements to attest to the conduct and character of our client
Conduct thorough background investigation's into one or both parents to uncover any information they may make an impact in court, such as criminal records
Custody Agreement Violations
If you believe or know for a fact that your former spouse is violating their custody agreement, then you need evidence to prove this. In court, it’s not what you know but what you can prove, that changes outcomes. Our investigators can gather evidence of these custody violations, including:
Late to pick up or drop off your child when your custody agreement specifies what time these are to occur
Violation of custody terms such as, if they fail to take your child to appointments, etc.
Presence of unsavory or individuals specifically mentioned in custody agreements, to not be around child when the parent has custody of the child
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child abuse and/or neglect are matters that require immediate intervention. Some c
Black eyes, Injuries that don't match the given explanation, or other noticeable bodily harm
Withdrawal from friends or usual activities
A decrease in school performance or loss of interest in school
Depression, anxiety or unusual fears, or a sudden loss of self-confidence
Stealing from others or regularly asking for food money (when already provided)
A malnourished or underfed appearance
Poor hygiene, lack of clothing or supplies to meet physical needs
If any of these signs appear to be present, then you need to act quickly. AccurIntel can provide confirmation of abuse or neglect, and pass evidence to you and the police. The burden is on you to provide evidence of this behavior ahead of any court date, and before any accusations or allegations are made. Unfortunately, some parents have chosen to use their children for favorable outcomes in custody battles, by manipulating them into lying, and courts are very aware of this tactic. If you claim that your child is being abused and are unable to back this up, this can hurt your chances of getting partial or full custody of your child. That’s why having a private investigator involved in gathering evidence to prove these allegations is so imperative. We are licensed by the state, which gives our testimony more weight in court proceedings, as we cannot be party to any lie, or knowingly give false testimony.
Also if false accusations have been made against you by your ex-spouse, our investigator will gather evidence of your proper conduct to refute the allegations, putting the burden of proof back on the accuser.
Cohabitation is simply defined as living with someone for a period of time. If your former spouse is living with someone, in violation of court orders, or have a clause in the divorce decree, which states this may be grounds for reductions in alimony obligations, alter child custody situation, or reduce or change child support payment requirements. This is something beneficial to the client to pursue.
Your investigator can provide proof of this. In these cases, our investigators aim to collect the following evidence:
Verify the identity of the individual living with your ex-spouse, through obtaining vehicle registration from license plate number, then running a background check on name registration comes back too, then get photographic evidence of them living together
Obtain testimony from key individuals, neighbors, etc. This is necessary to establish that there is a relationship, or use covert surveillance techniques to get photographic evidence of public displays of affection and that both parties live at the same location
Financial Evidence: Often it is possible to find key financial obligations that are shared between your former spouse and their new partner, such as a loan in both their names, and showing the same location as their home address
Background Checks. A background check can establish residency by revealing if both parties are listingthe same location as their residence. It can also reveal whether they have any bills in their name at the same residence.
Failure to Pay Child Support
If your child’s other parent has failed to pay child support or alimony, and you believe they possess the means to do so, our investigators can collect evidence of this. Often, we handle cases where a parent works a side job, yet is paid in cash, and does not report the income. Through surveillance, we can obtain evidence that shows he is working, and receiving income or has a new full-time job yet has not reported this, allowing them to collect income while ignoring their obligation to pay child support. Failure to pay child support is a crime, one in which the attorney general’s office can issue a warrant for his arrest, and if this happens we can lead the police straight to where he’s at, so he can be arrested on that warrant.
Background checks to determine if they have acquired any new assets such as cars. boats. etc
Surveillance to collect evidence that they are attending a place of work, or are in possession of assets
Hiring an investigator is not an everyday process, and that means you likely have a lot of questions about what to look for and what skills they should possess. All our investigators are licensed by the state of Texas, and the first thing they will do upon meeting you will be to show you their state-issued license. They will always be there to support you and will keep in contact with you throughout the investigation. A lot of companies will tell you yes they can do anything you ask of them, as long as they get your retainer. AccurIntel was founded on honesty and ethical behavior. We do not expect you to know the laws regarding our industry, so If you unknowingly ask for things that would be illegal or just not possible, we will be honest, and explain why we would not be able to provide that for you, this would be discussed during the free consultation, not after you have submitted a retainer, as some of our competitors will do. Our goal is to get you court-admissible evidence, and our investigators are the best at doing just that.