- Private detectives are disappearing from the divorce industry, say lawyers
- It is easier to confirm fears of cheating through online spying and social media
- In 2006 almost half of all divorce cases involved evidence from a detective
- But detectives are now called in to fewer than one in 100 divorce cases
Private detectives have almost disappeared from the marriage break-up industry, divorce lawyers said yesterday.
Husband and wives who suspect their spouse is cheating are less and less likely to use investigation agencies to confirm their fears, figures show.
A legal ruling forbidding spouses from stealing or secretly copying each other’s financial documents means there is little point spending money on a professional to track down missing money, a family law firm said yesterday.
It is also easier to spy on your spouse online and through social media sites such as Facebook.
Lawyers from Hall Brown Family Law say that in 2006 almost half of all divorce cases involved evidence from a detective. But detectives are now called in to fewer than one in 100.
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.’
The removal of penalties for fault in divorce settlements means that husbands and wives also feel less pressure to expose the other’s infidelity.
Tony Imossi, of the Association of British Investigators, said: ‘We do not encourage our members to take work investigating infidelity.
‘By that stage a marriage has probably already reached the point of no return, and often people only find out what they feared. We can rarely bring good news.
‘However, things can go wrong during a divorce over money, and sometimes people will want to hire a private investigator to find out whether money and assets have been properly declared.
‘Investigators would never break the law or invade privacy.’
Source: Daily Mail