Divorcing a spouse and separating is already a harrowing process, however, it becomes more complex when involving child custody cases. Separation is stressful already, and this stress can become heightened if this case might put your child’s welfare at risk.
A parent might be problematic, putting the child’s health and future in jeopardy. It might be worth considering bringing in specialized outside help in a situation like this. Fortunately, the court will always remain focused on what is best for the child. The court’s priority to meet the child’s needs and best interests first. This is independent of the either parents’ wishes or pleas.
That is to say, to win a child custody case it is important to gather as much evidence as possible. Both showcasing good examples of parenting and negative ones from the opposing party, if they are present. Fabricating instances, either way, is impossible of course since they would not be admissible in court.
How can a private investigator help with child custody cases?
Private investigators can help to turn child custody cases in your favor. There are various ways in which they can investigate a given parental party to contribute crucial evidence in your case:
- Verifying parental mental and/or physical condition: It is not uncommon for parents to suffer from some kind of mental or physical ailment. In fact, in the States alone 1 in 5 Americans suffer from some form of mental illness. Whereas, for physical conditions there’s about 1 in 4. And that’s not including the countless conditions that go undiagnosed. Evidence that proves a parent might not be in well enough physical or mental condition to raise a child is important to judges. It helps to make the best decision in the interest of the child’s well being.
- Proof of parental abuse and/or neglect: Child abuse is startlingly common. Cases in which there has been a history of abuse or neglect are obviously completely unacceptable in the eyes of the court. However, these cases are complex since even the other parent who has not been abusive may have been unable or unwilling to stop such abuse. This can be for various reasons, but it is very important to be as honest as possible in such a scenario.
Home environments, dangerous secrets and parental availability
PIs can acquire proof of parents’ home environments: This is important to help determine whether a given parent’s home is safe and suitable enough for a child. There must be a minimum standard of hygiene, and safety from any potential hazards. As well as, enough space.
They can also reveal any potentially dangerous secrets: These of course must be relevant to child custody cases. That is to say that these secrets could pose a danger to the child.
Confirming parent availability: Circumstances of life can completely absorb people’s time. Such as work, and other commitments. If a parent lacks the time to meet their child’s needs the court must take this into consideration to arrange any kind of custody.
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