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  • Writer's pictureAlexander Samos

Cohabitation Impacts Child Support and Alimony Agreements


Divorce clients who suspect a spouse or former spouse is cohabitating with another person could be onto something with significant financial implications. Proof of cohabitation can impact alimony and child support agreements before and after a divorce settlement. Using a private investigator to prove cohabitation is the best way to get the information needed.

Divorce is hard and the financial impacts can be tough. Setting a fair and equitable financial settlement is an important role that an attorney plays in the process.

Proof of Cohabitation

Many hints can lead a client to suspecting cohabitation. Maybe they often see someone around the spouse’s residence. Maybe their kids are telling that that someone is living in.

These suspicions are worthy of investigation.

Hiring a private investigator can be a cost-effective way to prove cohabitation. A PI can conduct surveillance on the residence to confirm a live-in situation.

Further, a PI can gather evidence to determine if the live-in is working. If that is the case, there is more income coming into the household. That forms a case for reducing alimony and/or child support.

A minor investment for private investigation services to prove cohabitation could save thousands of dollars to the paying ex-spouse. It changes suspicions to facts that can be used in the legal process to get to the right outcome.

The Facts Build the Strongest Cases

Proving cohabitation is just one aspect of a divorce that can benefit from investigation. Private investigation services can gather the important facts and information needed to achieve the best result in divorce and other types of family law cases.

A private investigator can help in these client scenarios:

  • Paying too much alimony or child support

  • Suspicion that a spouse or former spouse has a live-in partner

  • Cheating

  • Unknown net cash worth

  • Cannot locate their spouse

Taking time to get the facts sets the foundation to get the right outcome for every case. That’s a huge win – a potentially a great cost-savings – for both client and attorney.

Finding the Right Private Investigator

Finding a private investigator to help you and your clients is like hiring any other professional. Qualified investigators have a license and bond. Licenses are granted by state governments.

Interview the investigator to make sure he or she has experience with the kind of investigation you need. Be sure to set contract that outlines the details of what you need, the expectations for services, and the compensation agreement.

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