Divorces can become extremely complicated, and that is why it is always a good idea to have an attorney in your corner. However, you may need to hire other professionals to assist you throughout the process. For example, many spouses find it advantageous to bring a forensic accountant onto their team to figure out how to divide complex financial portfolios.
You may also want to consider hiring a private investigator to help you through the divorce proceedings. Not every divorce will require a P.I., but there are circumstances where it could be an immense asset for you.
You need to find hidden assets
Anticipating a divorce, some spouses will attempt to hide assets to protect them from division. Some people will put money into offshore accounts while others will provide their friends with monetary "gifts" to hang onto until the divorce is over. Private investigators have access to databases and records to determine how much money someone actually possesses.
You need to show the danger children are in with the other spouse
Private investigators also help if you worry about the well-being of any children you share with your spouse. For example, an investigator can reveal that the parent has a severe drug problem, which will significantly impact the safety of children in his or her care. A divorce court will consider such evidence and adjust the child custody agreement accordingly.
You need to prove adultery
Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. That means it does not matter if a spouse cheated on the other for the court to grant a divorce. However, adultery could play a role in the process if an investigator can show the cheating spouse spent significant assets on his or her lover. Adultery could ultimately impact alimony if the investigator reveals that the spouse spent a considerable dollar amount of commingled assets on someone else.