The Risks of Hiring a Private Investigator during Divorce or Cheating
Should you consider hiring private investigator during infidelity?
If you suspect your spouse is cheating you may need to hire a private investigator. Now there is a lot of debate if you can do this yourself, especially now that there are tools you can use in the home which may bypass the need to hire a private investigator for example, there is software to snoop on cell phones, or email software.
But, if you’ve decided you want someone else to do the snoop here are some reasons why you should consider an outsider.
The first reason is you want a professional with all the right snooping equipment to do the job and not have you discovered. For many couples that are suspicious, if you get discovered you will blow the investigation and the other person will either confront you or possibly hide their deeds even further.
You don’t want to put yourself in physical danger. Sitting in a parked car at 2 a.m. in a seedy neighborhood as you wait for your spouse to exit a motel is dangerous. Private investigator are well aware of the risks and know how to protect themselves from local thugs if a problem were to arise.
Another reason is it takes expensive equipment to do the job properly, not to mention training in the use of the equipment. I might add there are legal implications, depending on where you live on using this type of equipment. For example, do you know how to properly use a personal GPS tracker? Do you know how to use infrared camera and have the images developed? Do you even know where to buy this equipment or how much to pay for it? Probably not, therefore you want to leave it to the investigator that has already invested in the training and the equipment.
Another reason is the skills required to interview potential witnesses to the cheating spouse activity. There is a skill required to asking the right questions or maybe giving a little financial tip to the local waitress or bartender to get the required information without making it obvious that you are the jealous spouse.
What are Private Investigators allowed to do?
Private investigator has the credentials and private investigator license if questioned by local police if they are found sitting in a parked car. If you try it you may be suspected of checking out a location for illegal purposes, so yet again you want someone like a professional that can comply with all local rules and make sure the results are accurate.
Also, be aware that in some locations the name of this profession is a little different. For example, in Los Angeles Private Detective is the correct term. Also, you’ll find it used in New York as in Private Detective. Sometimes they are called, fraud investigation or security consultants. It just depends on where you happen to live.
How do you find a reputable Private Investigator to hire? First, many are listed in the yellow pages often with their credentials. Sometimes a private insurance companies have these people on payroll and a quick chat with your local insurance broker may lead you to a professional in the area. Also, you want to check on any professional qualifications and ensure that you aren’t getting an amateur to do the work that requires a professional.
What is the cost of hiring a private investigator?
This service is usually based on time plus expenses. If the person is a licensed professional you will be paying several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. This service isn’t cheap so you need to consider carefully the outcome and expense of using this professional.
How do I find and hire a private investigator near me?
Here are some state based associations which can help you find the right person
What is a private investigator?
A private investigator or private detective is a person who can be hired by individuals or groups to undertake investigator law services. Private detectives/investigators often work for attorneys in civil cases.
Can you sue someone for hiring a private investigator?
The most likely scenario where you can sue someone for hiring a private investigator is where it can be proven they have acted illegally. For example, if they break into private property, they invade privacy or steal something like intellectual property.
The other test is, have they broken or damaged something in their investigation. For example, breaking a lock to get into a home or office.
Another problematic issue is if they illegally bug or intercept your phone calls or communication without legal authority.
In short, it is possible but if the personal investigator is a licensed professional and know what they are doing it is unlikely that you’ll be able to sue.
How do you mess with a private investigator?
Here are some neat and fun ways to make things harder for someone if you think you are being investigated by a private investigator.
- Stay home and go out using different exits.
- Use a hire car.
- Answer your door with a voice changer – especially good if you use a camera doorbell.
- Keep your car in the garage.
- Make confusing social media posts.
- Wigs and costumes if you feel like changing your look.
- Stay at a different location occasionally.
A fun video – I Paid A Private Investigator To Follow Me For A Month
If you think there is a chance to sort things out you may wish to see this interview with the Infidelity Coach