A separation is a painful process. One the one hand, if the separation is not mutually sought or if there is a decision to be made regarding the custody of the couple’s children, and on the other hand, if there is a dispute over any maintenance payments for the ex-partner or for the children living with the partner.
Fraud & Claims Investigation, who is entitled to payment?
Whether or not the family court orders maintenance payments and the amount that these should be set at depends to a great extent on the personal circumstances of the two partners and in some cases also on the reason for the breakup of the marriage.
Due to the latitude afforded by the legal regulations, even these result in a great many lies being told in court, in particular in matters of maintenance.
What can I do if my ex-partner pays little or no child support or alimony?
There are two main types of cases that lead to our detective agency being commissioned in disputes over maintenance.
The party liable to pay the maintenance may need to prove that the maintenance claims have been unjustly levied. This can be justified in cases where the ex-partner has caused the separation through their behavior or if they have financial assets or income that they did not admit to in court.
On the other hand, our detective agency can provide helpful support to many of those entitled to maintenance who have obtained a maintenance settlement from the family court that the party liable to pay the maintenance is not prepared to pay based on a great variety of pretexts. In most cases, conclusive evidence is required for successfully surviving a legal dispute, and this can be discreetly and reliably brought to light by our professional investigators.
If our detective agency is commissioned to prove to the former partner that they – possibly even because of deliberate false information – do not earn the maintenance awarded to them or does not earn the amount set, it is the aim of our qualified investigators to provide such evidence. The often highly technical research methods used by the detectives who specialize in maintenance cases depend above all on the circumstances to be proven. A typical case here is, for example, that one of the two spouses loses their job in the course of the separation process and is only entitled to maintenance as a result of this fact. If detective investigations prove that for this very reason a dismissal and thus neediness was brought about with full intent, the person in question usually loses this entitlement again. Even assets that may have been transferred to hidden accounts or abroad as a preventive measure will be uncovered by our investigative professionals and can exempt the person liable for maintenance from their payment.
Particularly sensitive investigations are to be carried out if, in view of a legal dispute, it is to be proven that the dependent partner is living in a stable non-marital partnership again. While the maintenance claim does not apply in the case of a new marriage of the former partner, this is usually a matter of opinion for the competent court in the case of partnerships. Basically, the closer and more stable the new relationship, the lower the entitlement to continued maintenance payments from the ex-partner. Obviously, proving the actual existence of a new relationship or the tightness of the connection is no easy undertaking.
A layperson, who lacks the knowledge and often the necessary technical equipment, can hardly provide evidence that can stand up in court. This work belongs in the investigative competence of experienced detectives who, at the end of their extensive research, provide the necessary image recordings and research protocols, which document, for example, that the ex-husband or ex-wife – contrary to what was deliberately given – has long been living with a new partner.
Incidentally, the complete documentation of the situation of the allegedly dependent person or his deliberate deception often has a beneficial effect on these persons. If one confronts the persons concerned with the extensive and above all clear evidence, they often give in. In such cases, the matter can then be resolved without a dispute that is burdensome for both parties if the wrongly received maintenance is returned and no further claims are made.
In addition, the maintenance recipient can lose the right to payment against a former partner, in the event of criminally significant ´misconduct. In this context, the facts could not be more different: They range from stalking the former partner to physical violence, which is common in bitter custody disputes. In these cases, going to our reputable detective agency is twice as worthwhile for those affected.