What Can a Private Investigator Do For Me?A private investigator can gather information, conduct surveillance, find missing persons, perform background checks, assist in child custody cases, and much more. Often, if the information is relevant, a PI will be able to testify in court, and this testimony will likely be more credible and hold up better during interrogation than that of friends and family who might be biased or repeating hearsay. A licensed investigator is also cognizant of the laws of your state and will know which methods and tools he can legally use for surveillance so that the evidence submitted is admissible in court. In the family law venue, here are some of the common reasons to hire a Private Investigator:
- Hidden assets – Sometimes a spouse who is anticipating separation will hide material assets such as bank accounts, stock accounts, property or valuable items. The more wealth a spouse has, the more likely it is that he/she has had the opportunity to separate financial accounts. A private investigator has more likelihood of uncovering such hidden assets because he has access to records and databases that aren’t readily available to other people.
- Past history – Criminal history, debts, previous divorces, lawsuits–all could be valuable information in divorce action.
- Child custody – Private investigators can be very effective at providing discovery in order to prove child abuse, neglect, parental addiction, or inappropriate behavior by the other parent. In child support cases, they can also track down people who are lying about their income.
- Eavesdropping detection investigations
- Birth parent location
- Child abduction by a parent