Is it worth it to hire a private investigator ?
A private investigator is like any other service professional in that they charge a fee for their services. Sometimes the fee is charged as an hourly rate for the time spent on the case and sometimes the fees are charged as a lump sum. The question, “is it worth it to hire a private investigator?” is best answered by what it is you’re trying to accomplish or whether you’re able to solve your problems yourself. If you can’t, then it might be worth it to hire a private investigator.
Maybe your time is more valuable than the private investigator’s and then it would make it absolutely worth it to hire one. You might not have the resources available to a private investigator when searching for people, places or things. Private investigators have access to databases that reveal everything from date of birth, to social security number to bank account information. Most people don’t have this kind of access.
2 areas where it is absolutely worth it to hire a private investigator
There are two areas of private investigation where it makes perfect sense to hire a private investigator. In these two areas the stakes are high and you need a professional who knows the ins and outs of working these kinds of investigations.
Child Custody Investigations
Child custody investigations require serious documentation and a lot of time, which most people don’t have. A private investigator can do the following to assist in child custody investigation:
- Trash pulls – retrieving trash isn’t a sexy job, but the results can be powerful. Items such as pill bottles, alcohol bottles and the types of foods being fed to the children can be determined from the trash.
- Surveillance of the children – if the children are being left alone or neglected, surveillance will document this fully and provide concrete proof of any suspicions you have that your children are being left alone.
- Surveillance of strangers – when strangers come to the house they might be bringing danger with them.
- Background checks – if the custodial parent has a new boyfriend/girlfriend that new person might be bringing a criminal history with them. A private investigator can determine this and work with you and your attorney to come up with the safest plan for your children.
I think you will agree that the welfare of your children makes it well worth it to hire a private investigator.
Alimony Modification Investigations
When alimony is being paid, it’s usually quite a lot of money over many years. This adds up to a considerable amount of money. When the party receiving the alimony payments moves in with a new partner, or has a partner move in with them, in many cases the alimony payments should stop. But, as we know not everyone is upfront about such things.
A private investigator can document this new live-in using surveillance, GPS tracking, trash retrieval, utility records searches and more.
A private investigator can save you literally thousands of dollars and the costs to obtain evidence to support your alimony modification case are small compared to your outlay over several years.
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