Private detectives have almost disappeared from the marriage break-up industry, divorce lawyers have said.
Lawyers from Hall Brown Family Law told the Daily Mail say that in 2006 almost half of all divorce cases involved evidence from a detective. But private detectives are now called in to fewer than one in 100.
Husband and wives who suspect their spouse is cheating are less and less likely to use investigation agencies to confirm their fears, figures show.
Lawyer Alice Couriel said: ‘It wasn’t so long ago that private detectives were considered essential to some divorce proceedings, in particular gathering evidence of a spouse’s infidelity or their financial worth.
‘However, they have become marginalised by the economy, technology and understandable concern about the manner in which material is collated.
‘Some couples affected by the withdrawal of Legal Aid and unable to afford a divorce lawyer now would appear to regard private investigators as a luxury.’
It’s remarkable how many readily admit everything on the basis of the evidence that the spouse has collected themselves without our help
The removal of penalties for fault in divorce settlements means that husbands and wives also feel less pressure to expose the other’s infidelity.
Mark Hodgson, managing director Tremark, who offer a range of Investigations and surveillance services said ”To be honest we have shied away from investigating and proving infidelity for a number of years’
‘By the time we are approached, the marriage has probably already reached the point of no return. My usual advice to suspecting spouses is that they merely ask their wife or husband if they are cheating?’ It’s remarkable how many readily admit everything on the basis of the evidence that the spouse has collected themselves without our help.’
‘Potential clients come to me with a host of evidence they have gathered from facebook messenger, mobile telephones, car satellite navigation systems and the like. People are very resourceful.’
Sometimes though the investigations do end with a smile say’s Mark “Once were instructed to follow a gentleman whose wife was very suspicious and believed he was meeting a women one or twice a week. She had said that he would return home flushed and lying about where he had been. It turned out that the husband was having private dance lessons to surprise his wife for her birthday.
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