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Should you consider having a private detective investigate your spouse?

You feel like there is something wrong with your relationship, and you believe that your spouse may be seeing someone else. Since you’re getting to the point where you want to consider a separation, now may also be a good time to hire your own private investigator.

Although proving fault may not help your case in many ways, if you can show that your spouse is spending down your marital assets on a new partner, then you may have more leverage when you negotiate a divorce settlement.

Why hire a private investigator?

One of the reasons that people choose to hire private investigators is because those investigators can get them actual proof of what’s happening. For example, if you believe that your spouse is cheating on you, the investigator can follow them and do research to determine if they are seeing someone else. They may be able to do research to find hidden accounts or alternative phone numbers, too, so you can tell if you’re being deceived.

Private investigators can do more than look for a cheating spouse, though. They can track a partner who you believe is selling off your assets or participating in activities you don’t know about, too. In the end, they may have documentation, photographs, videos or other evidence for you, which you can then use in court as long as the evidence was collected legally.

Your attorney may be able to use that evidence to help you negotiate a better settlement or to help you if you have to take your divorce to trial. Getting evidence is a key factor in walking away with what you want in your divorce.

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