Nothing could be more devastating than the thought of losing your child in a custody battle. Ideally, children would be blessed with two loving parents who provide safe, healthy, loving and stable homes, but this is not always the case. Under these circumstances, the child or children should remain in the custody of the more qualified parent.
If the parents are unable to reach an agreement as to whom that is, the court will decide custody matters based on what is in the “best Interest” of the child. However, with divorce proceedings on the rise, millions of children are trapped in legal battles the court system is ill-equipped to handle. As a result, children are being subjected to visitation or habitation with unfit parents at an equally alarming rate.
Child Custody/Visitation Investigations are undertaken to determine if the “Other” Parent is treating your child properly, ensuring their safety and protecting them from improper or dangerous environments or situations. In other words, are they fit and qualified for custody or visitation.
There are many factors the court will consider when making custodial decisions, they include:
Stability, health, lifestyle and schedules
Criminal Records and/or activity
Evidence of child abuse or neglect
Unfounded accusations of abuse or neglect by one parent about the other
History or complaints of violence against a parent
Evidence of Alcohol or drug abuse
Means to provide food, shelter, and education for the child
Morality of the parents
Emotional and physical health
Parents willingness to support the child’s relationship with the other parent
Abduction or abandonment of the child or other defiance of legal process
Care and affection shown to the child
Parents past and current conduct
Acceptability of parents associates
Often times, an unfit parent will present themselves as a competent person when appearing before the court, cleverly concealing their unsuitable lifestyle. Typically under these circumstances, parental testimony is not enough to ensure the placement of your child in your custody.
In a custody battle, it is your responsibility to provide proof of your allegations. For this reason, a qualified private investigator can be essential. A licensed private investigator’s findings, objective courtroom testimony and video documentation will always have more credence in court than a parent’s accusations.