Child custody cases usually involve tremendous stress and emotional turmoil. The child’s well-being should be the most important factor when parents are working out child custody agreements, but a relatively smooth divorce process can often grind to a halt when considering the issue of child custody. Both sides can present reasonable claims as to why one parent is more fit than the other to have sole custody. If you have a family law attorney already working on your case, you be asking yourself, “How can a private investigator help with child custody?”
How Can A Private Investigator Help with Child Custody?
Private investigators help in child custody cases by gathering evidence. Perhaps you need more evidence to show that you are truly an ideal parent. On the other hand, you may want to disprove allegations that both you and the other parent know to be false. A child custody agreement may already be in place, but you could have concerns that the other parent is neglecting your child or causing other types of abuse. A private investigator can uncover the necessary information for the courts to decide which parent is the most fit to care for the child.
The Private Investigators Role in Child Custody Cases
Your family law attorney will know the type of information needed to win your court case. In most cases though, the attorney does not have the time or expertise to go out and gather the information. That’s where a private investigator can help. PI’s use a variety of tactics and methods for gathering information.
Some basic tasks a PI can perform to gather evidence for your case include:
Many people can give statements about a child’s general well-being and the conditions in the home. Relatives and neighbors are usually the first to be interviewed and can provide some of the most detailed information. Teachers, day care workers, and babysitters can also provide vital information. The PI can collect witness testimony regarding specific situations a witness has personally observed. The family law attorney can then decide what interviews contain useful information and subpoena witnesses to testify in court about the situations they observed.
Witness testimony is strong source of evidence in any court case, but nothing is more compelling than video and photographic evidence. A PI can use surveillance techniques to visually document a child’s living conditions, any neglect or abuse, criminal activity in or around the home, and various other situations that may endanger the child’s well-being. Surveillance video and photographs can accurately capture all the habits and behaviors to show when a parent is unfit to keep custody of their child.
Performing Background Checks
A PI can discover much more about a person than the image they present in person or on social media. A check of criminal and civil records often reveals important evidence to strengthen your child custody case. A professional investigator can often find records that you might not even know exist. Even if you know where to look, you may not have the time or energy to do the leg work of going to the various state and local records depositories. Finding hidden assets can also help to show that a parent is avoiding their financial responsibilities to their child.
The private investigator role is to discover and gather raw information pertaining to your case. The attorney’s job is to sort through the information and organize it into a clear and presentable picture for the court.
Time is of the essence in all child custody cases. H7 Investigative Services can discover the vital information you need to help win your child custody case in Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, and the greater Los Angeles area.
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