Divorce proceedings where young children are involved are especially sensitive, given the high priority on preserving the children’s well-being. Far too frequently, however, the non-custodial parent may fall behind on or entirely discontinue with support payments. For the custodial parent who needs the financial support to maintain a household and properly raise the children, this can feel like an overwhelming challenge.
How Can a Private Investigator Help Enforce Continuation of Child Support Payments?
When non-custodial child support has lapsed, many custodial parents will turn to a Private Investigator in order to help remedy the situation. This can often follow one of 3 courses of action.
- Location of absent parent
Lack of support payments can mean that the non-custodial parent is voluntarily missing in order to avoid his/her financial responsibility. In these cases, a Private Investigator can be employed to locate that individual, and once located, the custodial parent can then proceed with legal action to compel the continuation of child support.
- Verification of employment or income
There are other situations where the non-custodial parent may be accessible, but may claim that they have insufficient funds to meet their responsibilities. A private investigator can help to verify the non-custodial parent’s employment and provide circumstantial evidence of his/her income by collecting evidence and analyzing the non-custodial parent’s lifestyle. These details can then be used to assess whether the non-custodial parent is being truthful regarding his/her financial situation.
- Location of Assets
In addition, where the non-custodial parent claims that he/she has insufficient assets to support the award of child support, a Private Investigator can be employed to uncover hidden assets and provide evidence as to the ability to provide support.
Regardless of the cause of non-payment, custodial parents should take action to protect their rights and the rights and welfare of the children. The resources and skills of a Private Investigator can be of great assistance in obtaining the evidence and/or information crucial to preserving those rights.