Financial ignorance in marriage costs everything in divorce

Getting married? Here’s 2 easy tips to avoid a nightmare marriage.

So you’re ready to walk down the aisle with the love of your life. But have you done all your homework?

By and large, these divorces are usually a direct result of one or more of three things: infidelity, substance abuse, and/or money problems.

Here I’ll explain two easy things you can do before marriage to save yourself from these problems.

Have a loved one with a drug or alcohol addiction? Private investigators from Martin Investigative Services can help you.

A mother’s thank you for saving her son’s life

During the 2015 holidays, I was asked to locate a young man named Michael and try to get him help for his addiction problems. I initially turned down the case, but the boy’s grandfather persuaded me otherwise. His plea was enhanced by showing me a photo of the 16-year old in a football uniform. The football uniform was from the same high school my son graduated. It seemed like it was meant to be.

In September 2016, I received a call from Michael on my cell phone. He was doing well and had been sober for nine months. He wanted to go to lunch when he returned from another state where he was in rehab. I reminded him it was his turn to buy since I had treated him at McDonald’s the day he was found. He laughed but politely agreed.

Is marital surveillance obsolete? Not in big-bucks divorce. Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the 81st Academy Awards. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. Attribution: Chrisa Hickey

Is marital surveillance obsolete? Not in big-bucks divorce

Among the explosion of headlines about the Angelina Jolie / Brad Pitt divorce, some reports are claiming Jolie had hired a private investigator to uncover evidence that her husband was cheating on her with recent co-star Marion Cotillard. The French movie star issued a strong public denial of any affair and took the opportunity to announce that she was pregnant by her long-time partner to boot.

Given the state of personal electronics, one could easily argue that full-scale surveillance is simply not needed. Cell phone records, texts, email, calendars, appointments… cheaters carelessly give up the game easily.

There will always be a need for old-fashioned full-scale stakeouts. In a world where there is no shortage of high-stakes, big-bucks divorce, providing court-admissible proof of infidelity is a job that will never fully become obsolete.

Update: Dylan’s new smile

An update to a previous post about Dylan, an emotionally-troubled teen that was subjected to unspeakable abuses at the hand of his mother, born with short stature syndrome and treated with HGH for 10 years, he had severe dental problems as a result of medications and his teeth were literally rotting.

Avoid senior citizen abuse: How to check in on a senior no matter where you live

From my chair as a private investigator, we receive calls daily from senior citizens that want to engage our services to help them resolve abusive issues they are going through: physical, sexual, emotional and financial. I’ve found that the matters that involve money are more common than the others combined.

The key to avoiding senior abuse is communication. You want to check in with them. Even if you live far away, or in a distant state. Here’s how.

Hooters girls. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Flickr author: Stinkie Pinkie.

Teen impersonates police officer to court Hooters girls

Every day, one of our five offices gets a call from a parent who wants us to help them with their troubled teenager that has behavioral issues or problems or with drugs and alcohol. The parents are at their wit’s end and simply don’t know what do to. Fortunately, we do.

I have lectured about this subject, and I’ve written extensively about it. And just when I thought I’d heard it all, up pops 18 year-old Nicholas M. Fuhst with a hair-brained idea for his local Hooters.

Fuhst recently decided to enter a Hooters in Kochville, Michigan and announce he was an “undercover cop.” This is funny to me, because he clearly doesn’t the concept of “undercover”. Having worked as an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent for many years, I don’t recall ever announcing to the bad guys that I was working undercover.

Finding veterans addicted to heroin

Finding veterans addicted to heroin

This week we completed a case which involved locating a veteran of the U.S. armed forces that was addicted to heroin. (This is actually the 16th of similar cases like this so far in 2016.) The case was successful – meaning we got the person into detox and then into a rehabilitation program. We have found many more, but the lure of the drugs is too powerful for some to stop. They remain on the street chasing powder.

Chris "Burr" Martin imitates his daughter's selfies on Instagram.

Proactive parents : Kudos to “Selfie Dad”

Many parents retain us to find their lost kids. Many are far from proactive parents. Some engage in drug and alcohol abuse themselves. Often, the entire family needs behavioral modification.

Contrast those parents with Chris Martin of Spokane, Washington. Chris was unhappy that his 19-year-old daughter, Cassie, was posting provocative selfies online.

Chris found a proactive, and interesting way to handle the problem.