Divorce - Florida is a no fault divorce state. Therefore private investigation of an offending spouse’s activities usually carries little weight with the courts unless children or excessive spending are involved. If a spouse has cheated there is a possibility he or she is diverting money into an unknown bank account, or paying for lavish gifts, meals,or other entertainment for the paramour, thereby removing that money from the fair support of the family. When this occurs, private investigation can be used to document the spending and time away from the family to support the plaintiff spouse’s claims in court. Also, private investigation can be beneficial when the offending spouse chooses to associate with undesirable individuals which could go toward whether he or she is seen as a fit parent when custody issues are addressed by the court during the divorce proceeding. In such cases as listed above, the court may look favorably on documentation such as video tape of a defendant spouse’s activities when they deprive the dependent spouse and children of proper support, both emotionally and monetarily. So even though the law allows for no-fault divorces, consider that when children are involved, the offending spouse’s lifestyle choices, spending habits, and people he or she associates with, may be worth documenting because the evidence could prove quite beneficial during settlement talks. Always check with your attorney before hiring a private investigator for such purposes.
Child Support / Custody - When a divorce involves minor children, issues such as support and custody are addressed by the courts. As much as possible, the courts work to mitigate the negative effect divorce can have on the children. This is attained by ensuring the children receive proper child support, that the shared parenting responsibilities are adhered to and that visitations are conducted in a healthy setting. When an offending spouse is not living up to the responsibilities outlined in the settlement agreement, P.I. Content can document any detrimental activities which may then be used as direct evidence in a court proceeding to support initial child support terms and even modifications at a later date. Always check with your attorney before hiring a private investigator for such purposes.
Alimony Modification - Even though divorce in Florida is considered no-fault, alimony may be awarded to a spouse. During the course of time after the divorce settlement, the spouse forced to pay may learn that the party receiving alimony has taken up new employment and his or her income has changed and not reported it to the court. Or maybe the ex is now cohabitating with a new paramour who is being supported by the alimony you provide. Such circumstances could warrant a modification of alimony. P.I. Content can document such activities and provide evidence that may be beneficial in a modification petition to the court. Always check with your attorney before hiring a private investigator for such purposes.
Child Support Modification - During the course of time after a divorce settlement involving minor children, the spouse who is required to pay child support may engage in activities that could be detrimental to the child or children during their visitation times. Examples could include drug or alcohol abuse, late or erratic hours, failing to pick up or drop off children at the proscribed times, failure to provide proper food, clothing, and shelter, associating with people who provide negative influences on the children or moving to a new location without telling you. P.I. Content can document such activities and provide evidence that may prove beneficial in a petition to the court for a modification of child support payments or visitations. Always check with your attorney before hiring a private investigator for such purposes.