Using Private Investigators In Palm Beach Divorces

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If Florida is a no fault state, and there is no punishment for adultery, why then hire a private investigator?  I get this question all the time when I recommend to my clients that they hire one.

The reasons are many:  First a private investigator can assess all public records on a spouse to ascertain if they are property owners, car owners, boat owners, alone or with another person.  You, the divorcing spouse, may not have the entire picture of assets, property wise, and a private investigator will find that information for you.  If a spouse purchased a condo for a paramour, for example, this will show in the property records, and that is money in your pocket, as you will file a dissipation of marital assets claim based upon that information.

Secondly, a private investigator can ascertain all criminal activity, driving records, and behavior of your spouse or your spouse’ live in.   If your spouse “forgot” to tell you about the DUI he/she got, this information may be helpful if you are going for custody of the kids.

Thirdly, a private investigator or forensic computer specialist can access computer files, telephone records, text messages, internet postings on facebook, match.com and the like.  Information is always helpful.   A private investigator can be a great witness at the divorce trial.

If you are being stalked, your car damaged, or other unusual behavior, a private investigator will discover that as well.  There are many other reasons to use a private investigator and/or a computer forensic specialist.  For more information, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com for more information.

Should You SPY On Your Spouse???

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

There are many ways to get information about your spouse if you want it…you can attach a GPS to the car, you can have a forensic computer tech duplicate a hard drive, you can look at the cell phone while he/she is in the shower, you can search the dating web sites to find your spouse’ photo, you can hire a private investigator to follow him/her to work and then home again…there are many ways to get information.

But before you go through all this trouble and perhaps a great expense, be sure what you are looking for has legal significance.  In the state of Florida, adultery in and of itself is not relevant.  However, if they are spending great amounts of money on a paramour is;  where a person works, if they work, where they take a child, what property they own, driving records, alcoholism, criminal records, all are relevant in various issues of divorce.  Those issues could be spending marital monies, driving while intoxicated with a child in the back seat, saying there is no income while the person goes to work everyday, and a host of other issues in divorce court.

I am of the opinion that information never hurt anyone, especially someone going through a divorce.  So I am all for it.  But if you are considering spyware on your spouse, be clear about what you are looking for and how it will help your divorce case.

If you are thinking about getting divorced in Palm Beach County, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com for more information.