The Role of Private Investigators in Mississippi Divorce Cases

When you file for a Mississippi divorce based upon fault grounds, you will have to show the court that what you state as the reason why you should be granted a divorce has actually happened. In order to do that, you must provide the court with evidence which tends to prove the elements of the particular grounds that you have stated. While family and friends can offer testimony about what they may have seen or hear if it is relevant to one of the elements of the grounds for divorce, you may also need other forms of evidence to support your claim.

Attorneys can be effective at securing some types of evidence, such as leases, utility bills, and other paperwork which would show the court that your spouse is residing somewhere besides the marital home. Unfortunately, attorneys do not have the time or the expertise to procure all of the types of evidence that you need to present in your divorce case. Fortunately, there are professionals who can assist you and your attorney by obtaining the evidence that you need.

When you think about private investigators in a divorce scenario, your mind may conjure up images of a person hiding in the bushes with a camera, waiting to catch a cheating spouse in the act. While private investigators can be very good at procuring evidence to support allegations of adultery, they can be very useful in helping divorce clients obtain many different types of evidence. For example, they have the time, the skills, and the connections to track down witnesses which you may be having trouble locating on your own.

Modern-day private investigators are also often adept at using technology to discover information about people, such as their whereabouts and their online activities, including whether your spouse has been deliberately trying to cover his or her tracks by deleting information from computers, cell phones, or other devices. Private investigators can also sift through financial documents and other records to find out whether your spouse has been hiding money or property, and whether they have provided truthful information on the paperwork that they have filled out for the court regarding their income, assets, employment, and other things.

In cases where there are children involved, a private investigator can also help you by obtaining information about your soon to be former spouse’s residence, living conditions, drug or alcohol use, and other factors which may be important for the court to know in deciding custody. This information would be difficult for you to get on your own, and when an investigator presents it to the court, it would not carry the same bias as if you presented it on your own.

A private investigator can help you to obtain valuable evidence for your divorce, and can work with your Mississippi Divorce Attorney to build a strong case in your favor. Your Mississippi Divorce Attorney can help you to know what information your private investigator should look for, and how it will help you to prove the elements of the grounds for divorce that you have chosen. To learn more about how Mississippi Divorce Attorney Matthew S. Poole can help you, please call our office today at (601) 573-7429 to schedule a free consultation.

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The Role of Private Investigators in Mississippi Divorce Cases
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Mississippi Divorce Attorney discusses the role that private investigators play in Mississippi divorce proceedings.

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