Should you hire a PI during your divorce?

On Behalf of | Feb 5, 2024 | Family Law

When couples get divorced, it can often get messy trying to sort out details such as child custody, spousal support and the division of assets and debts. Some spouses may try to hide money and other valuables or they may not fully disclose important details.

This is when hiring a private investigator could be helpful.

You do not need grounds for divorce

Unlike decades ago, today no-fault divorce is available in all 50 states. This means you do not have to prove that your spouse did something specifically wrong to get divorced. However, there are still important financial and legal implications that their behavior and honesty during the proceedings could affect.

You can uncover hidden assets and accounts

Unfortunately, some spouses will try to hide money and assets, including luxury cars, jewelry, second homes, offshore bank accounts and cash stashes, so that they do not have to split them in the divorce. A recent survey found that up to 35% of divorcing spouses hide savings or checking account assets. A private investigator can help uncover these hidden assets.

You may find evidence of wrongdoing

While grounds are not required for today’s no-fault divorce, any evidence of cheating, gambling issues, drug or alcohol abuse or domestic violence could impact legal aspects such as child custody. If you suspect wrongdoing, a private investigator can provide photographic or video evidence.

Hiring a private investigator can be costly, but it may be worth it to protect your rights and uncover any hidden assets to ensure a fair and reasonable settlement in your divorce.