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After a divorce, child custody cases can get heated, with both sides lodging allegations against the other. One of the best ways to shine a light on issues going on behind the scenes is to hire a private investigator (PI).
Understanding Child Custody
During a child custody investigation, the first thing you should do is learn about the different types of custody:
- Legal custody refers to the right to make legal decisions on behalf of the child.
- Physical custody refers to the parent whom the child will live with.
- Sole custody means one parent has the primary role in the child’s life.
- Joint custody means that the parents share responsibility of the type of custody at stake.
Analyzing the Child’s Best Interests in Custody Cases
In a perfect world, a child should be able to maintain a close and loving relationship with both parents after a divorce, but that can be challenging when resolving a child custody dispute. It’s important to remember that the choices made (or the decisions a judge makes for you) will affect your child’s development and relationship with you in crucial ways for years to come.
In some cases, using a PI for child custody disputes can bring many things to light, including whether a parent is capable of providing a stable home environment or if there are concerns about child abuse or drug use by the noncustodial parent (which would be relevant for visitation determinations).
Ultimately, you’ve succeeded if all custody and visitation decisions foster and encourage the child’s happiness, security, mental health and emotional development into young adulthood.
Having a PI on your side can help sway the evidence in one direction, helping you get the information you need to prove your claims.
The Role of a PI in Child Custody
Even though you may know what’s in the best interest of your child, the court has the final say. That’s why it’s critical to have a PI on your side who can:
- Interview witnesses – including neighbors, teachers, counselors, parents of friends and others
- Asset searches – find evidence of hidden assets, which the client can use to show the other parent is attempting to shirk financial obligations
- Gather evidence – information related to the case, such as neglect, abuse, parental drug or alcohol use while responsible for the child, use of a babysitter during scheduled time with the child, presence of a romantic partner during custody hours
- Digital evidence – high-quality pictures or video of the other parent taken in public places
- Background checks – criminal and personal background checks of the other parent and people they involve in the child’s life
- Proof of false accusations or custody violations – when a parent is falsely accused of abuse or neglect, or violating custody or visitation agreements
Seek Help from She Spies Private Eye if Concerns Arise
When you need help with custody issues, you deserve expertise and compassion. She Spies Private Eye knows what it takes to protect a child’s welfare because we’ve been doing it for over 20 years. In fact, our owner, Anji Maddox, is the only private investigator for child custody in the area who is a former juvenile probation officer. Her experience working with struggling families and children has given her a deeper insight into child custody investigations, and it’s simply unmatched in the industry.
If you have suspicions about the safety of your child in your partner’s care or other specific concerns, we can help you get the evidence you need to reach the best possible parenting agreement. Contact She Spies Private Eye today for a consultation.