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 completely nullify a marriage. Divorce records are available as a part of the vital records information of each state. This should not be confused with an annulment, which declares the marriage completely null and void.
More than half of all legal marriage end in some type of dissolution or separation. Many of the cases a typical private investigator becomes involved with involve issues between married partners to some extent. 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 around the world, 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 issues of spousal support, child custody, child support, distribution of property and assets and the division of debt.
Where monogamy is law, divorce allows each former partner to marry another person. In areas where polygamy is legal, divorce allows the woman to marry another.
Before beginning your divorce investigation, please note that divorce law is different in each state. In addition to conducting investigations related to the dissolution of marriage or searching for divorce records, private investigators may engage in financial investigations to determine the assets owned by either spouse. Private detectives use a variety of Spy Gear to conduct covert surveillance to capture spouse’s activities.
To hire a private investigator that specializes in divorce investigations, please visit our Private Investigator Directory.
If you’re a private detective who needs to locate records related to a marriage or the dissolution of one, conduct and only Search for Marriage & Divorce Records. If you or your client wishes to file the necessary paperwork themselves, visit our Divorce Forms section and get all of the forms necessary to get a divorce or annulment for each state.<
If you’re looking for more information, resources or the latest news, check out Divorce Magazine. The mag provides individuals and families who are going through the transition of separation and divorce with information, support, and guidance. Another great resource for divorcees is DivorceNet, which is 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 forms to file for divorce in each state. Go to Divorce Forms for more information and links to forms for each state.
For more legal definitions, visit our Glossary of Legal and Investigation Terms.