In many jurisdictions, payment of alimony or spousal support by one party to another is contingent on whether the receiving party is cohabiting with another person. In many situations, cohabitation by the spouse seeking or receiving alimony may be grounds for refusing or ending alimony payments.
If you are currently making alimony payments to an ex-spouse and suspect that they are living with someone else, WAPI can help you prove cohabitation and relieve you of further payments.
What is a Cohabitation Investigation?
A cohabitation investigation is an investigation to determine if the alimony-receiving party is cohabiting with someone to avoid or terminate existing court-ordered alimony payments.
Alimony (aka “spousal support”) is a court-ordered payment of money to be made by one party to their former spouse (for the payee’s maintenance) as part of a divorce decree or during a separation period. Alimony is typically set to be paid for a specific period of time (usually several years). Payments stop at the end of the specified period.
Alimony payments may, however, terminate before the specified date if certain conditions or events take place. One such event is cohabitation with a new romantic partner by the party receiving alimony. The definition of “cohabitation” varies but generally refers to a person living and having a sexual relationship with another person outside of marriage.
Who are Cohabitation Investigations For?
In most cases, a cohabitation investigation is initiated by an ex-spouse paying alimony who suspects that their ex is currently cohabitating with another person. The investigation may be conducted at any time including before, during, or after divorce proceedings.
Starting a Cohabitation Investigation
Hiring a private investigator with WAPI is quick and simple. Here’s how the cohabitation investigation works:
1. Request a Consultation: Submit your case online or by phone to schedule your consultation. We’ll ask for the details we need to get your case matched with an investigator and provide cost estimates.
2. Connect With Your Investigator: We will contact you to talk to you about the purpose and goals of the investigation, and to collect any relevant information about your case. Questions you’ll be asked may include:
3. Investigation in Progress: In the course of conducting the investigation, your investigator will gather information intended to prove or disprove cohabitation by the subject’s ex-spouse, which may include:
4. Case Updates & Final Report: Your investigator will keep you apprised of all developments in real-time using our secure online portal. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, a full written report will be provided along with any court-admissible evidence. In addition, investigators may be available to testify on your behalf in court, if necessary and agreed-upon before the start of the investigation.
What an Investigator Will Not Do
Investigators will not break the law or violate ethical standards in the course of the case, including hacking, accessing protected information, or trespassing. Acting in an illegal or unprofessional manner can result in the inadmissibility of important evidence, and lead to the failure of an alimony modification case in court.
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From Basic Information to Comprehensive Checks
Background checks are customized to fit the specifications of our clients. We can simply verify a person’s identity or provide a comprehensive and detailed investigation on a person’s online reputation, criminal histories, job and employment histories, and their family and acquaintances.
Today, most of our clients request a deep web and social media investigation. Usually, they’re looking for a quick reputation management check or trying to create a type of “profile” surrounding the subject of the investigation.
Although background checks are composed of different types of information and data-sets, there are two main types of information that will get embedded into a report:
Public information does not mean “easy to find;” it just means that it can be accessed by the public without special licensing – should they know where and how to find and request access to it. Some public data reports can take hours to compile as we collect data that many consider to be “easily” obtainable.
Private information is information that is extremely difficult to obtain, requiring special licensing to collect, access to specialized database, or legal paperwork. Our team has access to different types of database systems to help us track down background information, but it still takes manual work to verify the information is correct before we submit this to the client.
Our background reports can include:
Credit Reports – this type of information is usually included in a “credit header,” which gives us information about the current credit lines, bankruptcies, judgments, liens, financial lawsuits, and possible foreclosures on prior residences.
Driving Records – this information typically includes prior traffic violations, motor vehicle accidents, license revocations, license suspensions, current or active residences, and possibly the type of vehicle the subject operates.
Criminal Records – Although criminal records can be expunged, most records remain open to the public. When that’s the case, our team can collect information on a subject that includes court orders, judgments, warrants, arrest records, sex offender registration and violations, harassment complaints, and violations.
Education Verification – This information is more easily accessible when a school or university is known If this information is unknown, there are ways to obtain this information, but a more thorough investigation is required.
Military Records – Although military records are difficult to obtain, they are not impossible. If requested, we can get basic information, such as: Active duty location, final duty location, duty assignment, final rank, medals, citations & violations, discharge information (when available).
Professional Licensing – this information includes private investigator licensing, CPA Certifications, MD, RN, or Attorney licensing, Hunting & Fishing licensing, Law Enforcement licensing, and teaching licensing, where available.
Address Histories – Most of our reports include a comprehensive address history for the subject of our investigation. This information includes their own residential address along with the addresses of known relatives, acquaintances, and possible family friends who may be associated with the subject.
Asset Verification – A complete list of assets can be provided when our clients are looking for hidden assets across the United States. We do have capabilities to run international hidden asset verifications through third party contracts, but this information is difficult to obtain in most countries.
If you are looking for an agency to conduct a background investigation, our team of experts can help you find what you’re looking for. Whether you’re just looking to verify a person’s reputation or you need to conduct a comprehensive investigation into a subject’s past, our team can make it happen and get you the information you need.
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Authors: Raymond & Stephaine Savoy of Savoy & Associates