Co-Habitation Evidence gathering is never pleasant, as in most cases it is seen as depriving a child of support. This is far from the truth, it is a means of uncovering evidence you may require for court proceedings to ensure that you as an estranged partner as being fairly treated.
When you separate or divorce from your partner and you have young children, either party has a responsibility to help with financial maintenance for the main carer and who has custody of the children. However, if your ex wife/husband/partner meets a new spouse/partner and they decide to live together, maintenance payments are affected and decreased due to increased financial circumstances that occur when you meet a new partner bringing more money into the household.
Many, in such circumstances, instruct us to prove if their ex partner is co-habiting with a new spouse to ensure that they are not paying more money than they are legally required to do so. We can carry out co-habitation investigations to provide you with firm evidence if your ex partner is co-habiting or not, so that your mind is at rest over financial matters. Such reports will be presented in accepted formats for all Courts and the Child Support Agency, or its successors.
It is usually the last set of circumstances that an ex-spouse wishes to deprive their child of financial support, but if another partner has taken residence in the family property, why should you have to continue to be financially responsible when circumstances have changed.
It is critical that evidence is presented in a court ready format, and that all current laws have been adhered to, to ensure that your evidence is secure in court.
Co-Habitation investigations can also assist with sensitive custody matters only by explaining your circumstances fully to us can we advise on the best way forward for you.