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Settle Custody Disputes With the Help of a Private Investigator

Child Holding HandsDivorces are hard on all parties involved. They are even more complicated when the custody of children is in dispute. During these times, emotions and accusations make it difficult for courts and families to render decisions that are in the best interest of the children.

Hiring a Private Investigator can help lend clarity, credibility and objectivity to the proceedings.

According to the Washington Post, nearly half of all states in the US considered laws in 2017 to encourage co-parenting after divorce. In these states, the starting point for custody discussions is joint custody and equal parenting time or joint legal and physical custody. From there, it is up to each of the parents to negotiate for unbalanced custody arrangements. For example, one parent may argue for sole custody of a child.

However, it is not enough for one parent to simply express their wishes for more physical or legal custody. Courts base custody decision on the best interest of the child and it is up to that parent to demonstrate that their wishes are in the best interest of the child.

Many factors come into play when determining the best interest of a child.

Different jurisdictions also have different guidelines. Of course, abuse is always an important consideration, but at the core, courts are looking at general child safety, support for the child, the needs of both the child and the parents, and the availability of external resources that can help raise the child. These things are not always easy to ascertain from testimony by the parents and children.

This is where a private investigator can help.

Hiring a private investigator can help a parent make a case for obtaining more custody or adjusted child support benefits. Their investigation may include interviewing people – neighbors, friends, babysitters, and school officials – the child may interact when at one parent’s home. Background checks and asset investigations may be conducted as well. They may even gather evidence about potential dangers in a home including child abuse, substance abuse or other concerns.

Ultimately, a private investigator can lend credibility to a parent’s argument that they should get more, or even sole custody of a child. They will be able to provide objective information that can better inform the court about what is in the best interest of the child.

To learn more, feel free to give the team at RKJ investigations a call or contact us online today!

 

Cutting Costs? Cut Out Fraudulent Insurance Claim Payouts

Cutting Costs? Cut Out Fraudulent Insurance Claim Payouts

Insurance fraud is a growing problem across the country. It is also becoming a more diverse threat as fraudsters adopt new strategies and target additional insurance types. While overall, national fraud incidents remain difficult to fully tally, it is estimated that these costs easily amount to tens of billions of dollars each year. Are you… Continue Reading

What Is Skip Tracing?

What Is Skip Tracing?

Skip tracing is a very valuable service for those individuals and companies that are trying to track someone down. RKJ Investigations offers skip tracing services to help our clients find anyone they are looking for, regardless of how well they have tried to cover their tracks. Let’s take a closer look at what skip tracing… Continue Reading

Fact-Finding and Child Custody: How an Investigator Can Help Your Case

Fact-Finding and Child Custody: How an Investigator Can Help Your Case

The thought of no longer being able to see your children is devastating, and many child custody battles are fought bitterly and contentiously. Inevitably, these cases often result in one parent losing out on the opportunity to see their kids every day and, in some instances, altogether. Sometimes this is for the best, particularly if… Continue Reading

Announcing the Grand Opening of SpySharks!

Back in 2001, we launched RKJ Investigations in Oklahoma City, and ever since then, we have helped hundreds of clients in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri with all of their investigative needs. From performing in-depth background checks for our clients to working with attorneys on criminal and civil cases, we cover the ins and outs… Continue Reading

It’s True Love … Or Is It?

It’s True Love … Or Is It?

If you’re struggling in your marriage or partnership, this time of year can be hard. Valentine’s Day places “happy couples” on a pedestal, and basically tells the rest of us that if our relationship isn’t perfect, then we’re doing something wrong. It also obscures a little bit of truth: most relationships aren’t actually perfect. And… Continue Reading