Navigating your way through a child custody battle can be taxing on both parents, extended family, friends of the parents, as well as the children. The thought of losing a child is terrifying. What’s even more frightening is that you never know what evidence (false or true) the other side will bring nor do you know how a judge will rule.
The best way to win a custody battle is to not have one at all. Unfortunately though, suing someone for child custody is a necessary reality for a variety of reasons. If a child custody battle is your last resort, you will need to have a well-established support system to prepare a solid case. Having lawyers, child advocates, experts doctors and an independent evaluator on your side can definitely tip the scales in your favor. But most people don’t realize that a good private investigator can be a tremendous asset during a child custody battle.
The courts don’t always deliberate who can gain custody of a child based on what you might think. The judge will consider what’s in the best interest of the child. Without solid evidence from either party, the judge will listen to each side and make the best judgment from there. That’s why it’s very important to bring solid evidence to the court and this is the evidence a private investigator can get for you. There are many ways a private investigator can positively contribute to your custody case.
For example, a private investigator can perform background checks, surveillance, and collect witness statements to determine if a child’s custodial parent is putting that child in a harmful living environment. Comprehensive background checks are another part of the private investigator's job to help you win your child custody case. Background checks are done to see if they the custodial parent has a history of misconduct. Copious notes and a good record of the facts can establish a pattern of misconduct toward the child which is evidence that is admissible in court.
Here is a list of background reports a private investigator would potentially compile to help you win your child custody battle:
- Injuries (child)
- Sexual abuse
- Reckless driving
- Substance abuse
- Criminal behavior
- Association with known criminals
- All violations of a custody agreement
- Denied visitation
- Failure to pay child support
Surveillance of the current custodial parent can uncover evidence to support your position in court. For example, if a custodial parent is cohabiting with another person it can have a negative effect on a child, especially if this person has a criminal history, or has a drug/ alcohol addiction. This can be a violation of a custody agreement and change a judge's decision in a custody case.
Additionally, a private investigator can work on gathering witness statements to prove your suitability as a provider for your child. A witness statement is a testimony from a reliable source close to the parent that can provide proof of reliability, character validation, as well as eye witness accounts of something they might have seen the other custodial parent do that is not in the best interest of the child. A witness statement provides strong evidence to support your case and it can be a determining factor for you to win your case.
For these reasons, a private investigator is integral to a child custody battle. If you or someone you know is in need of support for a child custody case, it’s in your best interest to contact a private investigator to help with gathering evidence to build a winning case.