Divorce and Marriage Infidelity Investigations


This article provides an overview of divorce investigation and infidelity investigation terminology, reports, resources, and forms.

What is a divorce?

A divorce is officially defined as the dissolution of a marriage contracted between a man and a woman by the judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction or by an act of the legislature. Any of the partners of a marriage can call for divorce, but both parties must agree to nullify a marriage completely.

Divorce records are available as a part of the vital records information of each state. This should not be confused with an annulment that declares the marriage null and void.

More than half of all legal marriages end in some dissolution or separation. Often, a typical private investigator becomes involved with issues between married partners. Private eyes should have at least a basic understanding of the laws and issues related to matrimony, divorce, and legal separation.

Divorce laws vary considerably worldwide, but in most countries, getting a divorce requires the sanction or approval of a court or other authority in a legal process.

The legal process for divorce may also involve spousal support, child custody, child support, distribution of property and assets, and the division of debt. Where monogamy is the law, divorce allows each former partner to marry another person. In areas where polygamy is legal, divorce allows the woman to marry another.

Divorce and Marriage Infidelity Investigations

Before beginning your divorce investigation, please note that divorce law differs in each state. In addition to conducting investigations related to the dissolution of marriage or searching for divorce records, private investigators may conduct financial investigations to determine the assets owned by either spouse. Private detectives use a variety of Spy Gear to conduct covert surveillance to capture the spouse’s activities.

Please visit our Private Investigator Directory to hire a private investigator specializing in divorce investigations.

Resources for Infidelity Investigations

If you’re a private detective who needs to locate records related to a marriage or the dissolution of one, run an online background investigation, including a public records search at BeenVerified. If you or your client wishes to file the paperwork themselves, visit our Divorce Forms section and get all the forms necessary to get a divorce or annulment for each state.

If you want more information, resources, or the latest news, check out Divorce Magazine. The mag provides individuals and families going through the transition of separation and divorce with information, support, and guidance.

Another excellent resource for divorcees is DivorceNet, the Internet’s largest divorce resource, offering state-specific articles, an online community, and a nationwide directory of divorce lawyers, mediators, and financial professionals.

Also, check out Divorce Source and the Divorce Support Page. The Divorce Support website provides divorce information on family law topics such as divorce, child custody, visitation, child support, alimony, and property division.

U.S. Legal Forms provides the necessary legal forms to file for divorce in each state. Go to Divorce Forms for more information and links to forms for each state.

Questions and Comments

If you have any questions about divorce and infidelity investigations, please post a comment below. For more legal definitions, visit our Glossary of Legal and Investigation Terms.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including eInvestigator.com. Michael created eInvestigator.com more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at Amazon.com.


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