For private investigators, the week of Valentine’s Day used to be the “Superbowl” of cheating spouse surveillance cases. The common wisdom was that a cheaters pretty much had to see the other woman on or around Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t work that way anymore. Here’s why.
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.
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.
Financial ignorance is when a partner knows nothing about the financial affairs of their own home. During a divorce, it can cost women everything.
I guarantee you that a visit from a licensed PI for your mom, dad or grandparent will be the talk of the facility that day – for both the staff and the residents. When I walk in and say, “Hi, I’m Tom Martin and I’m a private investigator. I’m here to check on Mary Lou Smith,” with my license in hand, the reaction is priceless – and very telling. Some staff immediately get flustered and literally hold up their hands in front of me, as if to try to bar me. “Whoa, whoa whoa….”
Many years ago, a likeable but otherwise unremarkable man showed at my corporate office.
“I’d like you to follow my wife,” he said. “I think she’s cheating on me.”
The surveillance went as expected… but the odd legal battle that followed was very interesting.
A female client’s husband of 16+ years (and the father of their three boys) was watching what appeared to be child porn sites on his office computer.
In any divorce due to an affair, you’re going to see financial infidelity – the hiding of assets.
Our case of the week involves a woman in exactly this situation.
Today’s case of the week was not one for the faint of heart – it involves a surveillance job that crossed into another state and five different modes of transportation: a commercial aircraft, taxicab, tour bus, helicopter and a rafting boat. Yolanda, a 33-year-old mother of four, came into our Newport Beach office on a…
For our case of the week, we were hired by parents to perform surveillance on their 16-year-old daughter, “Shannon”. She was abusing drugs and alcohol, not attending school and had actually struck her mother in the face on two occasions. In 2015, we have had approximately 50 cases where a parent or custodial guardian has…