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Why You May Want To Hire A Private Investigator Before You File For Divorce

by Bruce Lawson

A private investigator can assist you when you file for divorce. While an investigator is often associated with surveillance, he or she also has access to databases and digital information that can be used to research your spouse. This could turn up information on previous crimes, previous marriages, and financial holdings you know nothing about. Your divorce attorney may hire private investigation services to help your case. However, you may want to hire a PI on your own before you even talk to a divorce attorney. Here's why.

To Find Proof Of Infidelity

This is what private investigators are often known for. A PI can follow your spouse, search your home computer for evidence, and use other means to determine if your spouse is having an affair. The investigator will document the findings with photos or videos so it can be used as evidence. If you can't decide if you want to file for divorce, knowing for sure that your spouse has been cheating might make the decision easier. Plus, if you have a prenuptial agreement in place, then you'll definitely want to know if your spouse broke the agreement by having an affair.

To Uncover Secrets

If you suspect your spouse is being untruthful about something, then hiring a PI may be the only way to find out what it is. Sometimes people live secret lives and go to great lengths to cover it up. While your spouse may not have another family somewhere, your spouse might be covering up a gambling problem, or the fact that he or she is seriously in debt or engaged in illegal activity. You also want to find out if your name is being used to obtain loans or credit cards that could come back to haunt you if you file for divorce.

To Document Fitness As A Parent

If you're afraid to proceed with the divorce because you fear your spouse might end up with the kids, you may want to catch evidence of abuse or unfit parenting on video. If your spouse can be caught yelling at the kids or striking them in public, then you'll have evidence to present to the court. Also, if your spouse is an alcoholic, the PI can follow your spouse to monitor drinking and document drinking and driving, which could be a serious situation if your kids are in the car at the time.

With all the hidden information about your spouse brought to light, you are in a better position to decide whether to go ahead with the divorce. The information the PI brings to you might reveal the secrets your spouse is keeping are completely innocent and your fears were unfounded. On the other hand, if you find out your spouse is cheating or in financial turmoil, you want to know before you file for divorce so your attorney can help you figure out how to protect yourself from backlash.