You might have heard of a cohabitation investigation, but not know, or understand, what it means or what’s involved. You might also be seeking out the services of a private investigator but aren’t sure about which service you actually need. With that being said, let’s discuss cohabitation investigations, including what cohabitation actually means, what the investigation involves and how the private investigators are able to collect that information.
A cohabitation investigation is something that’s carried out by a trained private investigator. They’re requested by spouses or partners who suspect that their significant other is living with, and cheating on them with, someone else. It might be that the person requesting the investigation is still married to their partner or they could be ex-spouses and they’re looking to make sure that they’re receiving the right spousal or child support.
It could also decide which party receives custody of any children, whether it be sole or shared custody. All evidence is gathered in line with the law and so it can all be submitted as evidence in Court, if or when it comes to that. There are several ways in which a private investigator can prove cohabitation, but we’ll get onto that shortly. Once the investigation has concluded, a cohabitation report will be provided.
Surveillance is usually something that is carried out and concluded within two or three weeks. A private investigator is looking for routines and patterns of behaviour to be able to prove cohabitation. Therefore, video evidence of a spouse (or ex spouse) leaving their home, driving to another address, going into the property and staying there overnight (whether it be one night or many), can be used as evidence of cohabitation.
In terms of routine, it could be that a spouse is videoed taking the bins out, collecting post, washing the car or doing the gardening – anything that suggests they are actually living at the address and, subsequently, cohabiting with another person.
In terms of verifying a sexual relationship, a spouse could be seen leaving for work in the morning and giving someone at the door a kiss or being intimate in other ways. A private investigator could either video such displays of affection or take photographs. Surveillance could also include vehicle tracking.