Why You Should Consider Using a Private Investigator in a Divorce Proceeding
When you are considering filing for or are already a party to a divorce, there can be a strong desire to simply be done with your marriage, so that you can move on. However, if you have been a victim of marital infidelity or if your spouse has been inclined to hide assets and income from you, you can benefit substantially in a Texas divorce proceeding by securing the services of a private investigator.
Texas is a no-fault divorce state, which means that you can terminate a marriage without allegations of wrongful conduct. You must, however, be willing to assert that there are marital compatibility issues that cannot be overcome. Nonetheless, you can also seek divorce for cause, including marital infidelity, abandonment, cruelty or conviction of a felony. When you file for divorce in Texas alleging cause, the court can weigh the effect of the cause when making determinations about child custody and visitation, alimony or spousal support, and the division of marital debts and assets.
So how can a private investigator help? First, they can provide hard evidence of an extra-marital affair. If you suspect that your spouse is cheating on you, you can put a PI on their trail. The investigator will be able to track their movements, keeping a record of all rendezvous. They may also be able to obtain pictures of your ex-spouse with a lover.
A private investigator can also help you uncover hidden assets. With access to a wide array of databases and records, a private investigator can easily find bank accounts or other financial holdings that your spouse has in his or her name only, or in another name.
You may also have concerns that your ex-spouse is engaging in inappropriate behavior around your minor children, either exposing them to improper contact with a lover or participating in illegal activity, including the use or sale of drugs. A private investigator can also obtain evidence of abuse or neglect of your children by your ex-spouse.
At Pfister Borserine & Associates, we bring more than 20 years of experience to men and women throughout north Texas. Attorney John Pfister is board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. We understand that every case is unique, and take the time to learn the details of your situation, so that we can formulate a specific strategy to get the outcome you want. We offer experienced and successful trial counsel, or can help you to resolve your family law differences through alternative means, including negotiated settlements or mediation.