Children rely on their parents to make the best possible decisions on their behalf—at least until they’re old enough to make those decisions for themselves! Unfortunately, some parents (for many different reasons) just aren’t capable of making good decisions. Quite often, this can lead to a child custody situation ending up in court.
When a child custody case goes to court, a judge will decide which parent will receive primary guardianship, or visitation rights. The judge’s final decision in a child custody case is based on many factors. These factors include any evidence a parent might have that proves the other parent is incapable of providing a safe and healthy environment for their child.
But where does this evidence come from? And how can a parent obtain that evidence legally?
If you are a parent involved in child custody case, you can turn to a private investigator for help. Private investigators are trained to obtain information that will support your claims so that you can keep custody of your child.
In general, private investigators use many different techniques. These techniques are particularly useful in helping the private investigator gather information that can be used in court. This kind of evidence is very powerful for child custody cases and can convince the judge to appoint guardianship to the parent that has the best interests of the child at heart.
A few of the techniques that are most commonly used to obtain evidence for a child custody case include,
Background Check: To some people, a background check might seem like a waste of time, especially if they think they know their spouse or partner really well. This just isn’t true. A background check often reveals information that the person might have kept secret. For example, they might be incapable of holding down a job, or even have a criminal record. You can use this type of evidence in court to support your claims.
Surveillance: Private investigators can also keep an eye on the parent using various tools and techniques. Waiting to see if the parent leaves their child alone at home, or tracking the parent’s daily habits to discover that they are drinking at a bar instead of picking up their child from school, are valid forms of surveillance. A private investigator can record these events so that they may be used in court. Keep in mind that there are several things that the private investigator cannot legally do in order to obtain evidence. Be sure to check out the sections below to learn what these types of things include!
Interviews: Conducting interviews with neighbors, friends, teachers, family members, employers, and co-workers is a technique private investigators often turn to when gathering evidence for a child custody case. Quite often, an individual will have seen the parent acting inappropriately. For example, maybe the parent was drinking excessively around the child, or maybe the parent left the child with them during a period of court ordered visitation. A private investigator is trained in the right techniques to get people to provide evidence that will support your case.
What can or can’t be used in Court?
We hate to disappoint you, but real life just isn’t like the movies.
Evidence must be gathered by a private investigator in very specific ways. Private investigators cannot take liberties with how they collect or obtain evidence for two reasons. The first is that the private investigator would be breaking the law, and the second is that the illegally obtained evidence would not be usable in court.
So what are the types of things a private investigator can do to gather evidence? And what are the things they can’t do?
A Private Investigator Can:
- Use video recording devices in public places.
- Take photograph’s in public places.
- Record an interview—with the permission of the individual.
- Discreetly follow and observe the parent.
A Private Investigator Can’t:
- Install video recording devices in the parent’s home.
- Record a conversation with an individual or the parent without their knowledge and consent.
- Take photographs of the parent through the window of their home.
Uncovering the Truth
The most important thing to remember is that child custody cases are very challenging—especially when the case goes to court. Hiring a good private investigator, one that will abide by the law to obtain evidence will only help you to prove that your claims are true.
You also need to keep in mind that a private investigator might not find any evidence. In some cases, the other parent is actually a really good parent and deserves to spend time with their child.
A private investigator’s job is to uncover the truth, and they will provide evidence that supports that truth. It is because of this that hiring a private investigator will only help your child custody case. Regardless of the outcome, in the long-term, your child will benefit from the results. Isn’t that what matters most?
Looking for help with your child custody case? We can help! Contact us today for more information: info@SmithInvestigationAgency.com.