05 Jul Role of Private Investigators in Child Custody Cases
If you’re in a custody battle with your ex-spouse, you may be thinking about hiring a private investigator for child custody cases.
Read as we highlight if you really need a child custody investigator and how the investigation works:
Do you need a child custody investigator?
Separations are always difficult, but child investigation services aren’t always mandatory. Here, we highlight when you may need a child custody investigator:
The law requires it
Some states require a professional investigator to conduct child custody investigations.
You’ve been falsely accused of neglect or abuse
In court divorce cases, a parent may sometimes make false accusations to limit the other parent’s access to their child. A private investigator can collect evidence of proper conduct, ensuring you spend sufficient time with your child.
You want peace of mind
If you’re unsure if your ex-spouse is fit to care for your child, an investigator may legally look into their parenting style, habits, and background to disprove or prove their ability to meet the parenting needs. Reliable evidence won’t just stand up in court but will offer you the comfort of knowing your child is safe.
You’re concerned about the safety of your child
If you think your ex-spouse isn’t fit to care for your child for any reason, a private investigator can prove your allegations with legal, objective evidence. During a child custody case, where accusations are made, and tensions are high, hard evidence may be essential to safeguard a child from an unhealthy environment. Ultimately, a private investigator may work with you to keep your child away from a violent situation.
How does a child custody investigation work?
Depending on the case, an investigator will use surveillance to find out how a guardian or parent treats their child. Private investigators will legally document any neglect or abuse they witness in videos, and photos. They’ll also question potential witnesses, such as family members, and perform background checks on custodial parties. When examining a parent, a private investigator looks for things like drug abuse, gambling, reckless driving, criminal activity, alcohol abuse, and any other activities that affect the child negatively.
The child custody investigators at Keck Investigation Services are trained to see the child’s safety as a priority.