Marital Infidelity Investigations

Suppose you walk into the room and your spouse is on the computer. He or she quickly closes out of whatever they were doing or tries to hide the screen from you. Your first thought might be “Are they cheating on me?” This is especially true if you’ve noticed other suspicious things. This could be anything from a receipt for a fancy restaurant on the opposite side of town to late-night phone calls from a number you’ve never seen. Even if your spouse has only seemed slightly distant and this has you worried, you may want to see about hiring a private investigator to either confirm or ease your fears.

A marital infidelity investigation can include many different types of investigation, but exactly what fits your case will depend on your circumstance and which private investigator you hire. Here are a few of the common investigation methods:

Basic Background Check: This method of investigation typically includes the gathering of criminal records, commercially available records, and financial records relating to the person in question. It may also include a credit check. There are different types of background checks, such as employment reference checks, character reference checks, identity and address verification, and criminal history reports. Because these investigations can turn up information about your spouse’s current activity as well as their past activity, they may help prove that your spouse has been unfaithful. This is especially true if they have a history of infidelity during their past relationships; if there is existing evidence of their infidelity with past partners, there is a good chance your concerns about your current relationship are valid.

Computer Forensics: A computer forensics investigation can turn up information your spouse might be trying to hide, even if they thought to delete the suspicious emails and clear their browsing history. Computer forensics investigations are usually mostly about data recovery. This includes analyzing the RAM, recovering any files that have been deleted, and correlating information from multiple hard drives, such as your spouse’s personal and work computers, or even their portable hard drive.

Surveillance: There are many different types of surveillance, but only a few that might be beneficial to a marital infidelity investigation. Computer and telephone surveillance, which include monitoring your spouse’s internet and phone activity, could be one of the simplest ways to catch them in a lie. Social network analysis might also be applicable, but it is unlikely that your spouse would post their extramarital affair on Facebook. There is also the physical type of surveillance commonly known as “tailing”. Your private investigator may insist on following your spouse for a while to document and photograph any suspicious activity.

Marital infidelity investigations can use useful if you suspect your spouse to be cheating on you, especially if this would be cause for divorce. They can also be helpful if you are in the middle of a divorce and are trying to prove that your spouse Having proof that your spouse was unfaithful may help sway divorce mediations your way.