Child Custody Investigations

Are you in the middle of a divorce or child custody dispute in Chicago? If you and your spouse cannot agree on custody a court will generally have to step in and determine what is in the child’s best interest. The court will rely on any evidence that is relevant to the case. Since parents will often do anything it takes to get custody, it’s not uncommon to see private investigators working on a child custody case.

What Does a Child Custody Investigator Do?

What happens when you hire a private investigator to look into your child custody matter? Your investigator’s primary objective will be to gather evidence that supports your case. What kind of evidence will be most helpful? Judges will make child custody decisions by answering the following question: Is there evidence to show a parent is unfit for custody?

During a child custody investigation, we will work to uncover any evidence to support the fact that the child’s other parent is unfit to have custody. We will search for indicators or proof of:

  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Domestic abuse and/or threats
  • Psychiatric issues
  • Uneven temper
  • Infidelity
  • Dishonesty
  • Financial issues, particularly those involving gambling, and
  • Criminal activity.

How Can I Find a Good Child Custody Investigator?

You don’t become a great private investigator overnight. It can take years to hone the skills and instincts that are required for the job. Many of the best private investigators will have prior experience working in a different, but relevant, field. Retired detectives, police officers, attorneys, and judges often make great private investigators. These individuals are already equipped with many of the skills and resources that are essential to the job.

Other than experience, here’s what you should look for in a private investigator for your child custody case:

  1. Verified investigative license in good standing
  2. Positive reviews and referrals
  3. Upstanding moral character
  4. Good communication skills
  5. Experience testifying in court
  6. Discreet, yet transparent, behaviors.

Investigations to Keep Your Child Safe

Child custody disputes are settled by analyzing the very best evidence available to the judge. Hiring a private investigator to work on your case can help to ensure that a judge is presented with any relevant piece of information. A skilled investigator will be able to dissect your case, follow leads, and gather evidence that can make a significant difference in your case. Your child’s future depends on the information that is presented in your child custody battle. Make sure that a judge has all of the information in front of them when deciding your family’s fate.

Contact the Chicago private investigators at All Pro Legal Services today to learn more.