Domestic Investigations / Cheating Spouses
     
 
We are frequently asked to obtain evidence of infidelity.  We do conduct these types of investigations but recommend you carefully consider the circumstances before hiring us or any investigator for this purpose.  The following are some considerations and frequently asked questions regarding these types of investigations.  Click on any of the links provided below.
 
 

Important

Lorenz Investigations provides the following information for the sole purpose of better explaining services we can provide.  We are not licensed attorneys and have no attorneys working for us.  The following information provided is not intended, nor should be substituted, for legal advice.  We always recommend and encourage potential clients to seek the advice of licensed attorney before hiring us.  We make no claim or guarantee that evidence we obtain can be used in court or that it will benefit you in court.  Admissibility of evidence can be determined only by your attorney and the court.  Always consult an attorney regarding any legal matter.

Regarding Lorenz Investigations

   
 

How do I know if my spouse is cheating on me?

Can evidence of a cheating spouse be used in court?

What type of evidence can you obtain for me?

How much time will it take to find the evidence?

Can you follow my spouse?

How much will it cost to obtain evidence of cheating?

Will proof of a cheating spouse help me get custody of my children?

Will you communicate with my attorney regarding my case?

How will I know when I have enough evidence?

Should I confront my spouse with the evidence?

Will you testify for me in court?

I already know my spouse is cheating on me, I just want the proof.

My cheating spouse is in the military and I want to get him in trouble.

What about confidentiality and illegal activity?

What information do you need to get started?

   
 
How do I know if my spouse is cheating on me?

This is a question we are frequently asked.  It is impossible for us or anyone else to know the answer to this question without investigation.  Many people who contact us already suspect something but want to know for sure.  They believe they have seen "warning signs" or have noticed changes in personality, habits, and behavior.  There is much literature available regarding potential signs that a spouse may be involved with another person.  There are also many factors to consider when considering these warning signs.  Every person and relationship is unique and there is no one litmus test that can accurately predict or determine infidelity.  We are not experts in this area.  We focus on obtaining factual evidence that can be used in court.

Can evidence of a cheating spouse be used in court?

Yes, evidence of infidelity can be used in court.  This type of evidence can be a large part of the evidence presented during a proceeding.  However, how much this evidence will affect the outcome depends on different factors, including your attorneys use of the evidence and the judges perception of the evidence.  Your attorney can better explain the details and implications of using such evidence.

What type of evidence can you obtain for me?

The evidence we normally provide in this type of case involves the documentation of the activities of a spouse.  This evidence usually consist of video and photographs included with detailed reports.  We can also help to identify witnesses for court, identify unknown phone numbers from home or cellular phone bills, check license plates, etc. 

How much time will it take to find the evidence?

It is impossible to say exactly how much time it will take to find evidence of infidelity.  It depends on how much evidence you or your attorney want.  It also depends on the frequency of the activity and how much information you can provide us about your spouses habits.  The more information you have about the activity, the less time we have to spend on surveillance waiting for something to happen.

Can you follow my spouse?

Yes we can follow your spouse.  The more important question is can we do it without being detected.  Normally we can, however, there are circumstances, which can affect how difficult this can be.  Conducting mobile surveillance is not like what you see in the movies.  We can't just glue ourselves to somebody's bumper and follow them all around town without being noticed.  Some of the circumstances that can affect the difficulty of following any person include, traffic, location (city or country), the distance traveled, and the person's level of suspicion or heightened awareness.  People become more aware of their surroundings when they are doing something wrong.  In the past some of our clients have asked us to follow their spouse soon after having an argument with them or even after threatening to have them followed, failing to let us know this information.  This makes our job difficult if not impossible and cost our clients money in wasted time.  In one case we were contacted by a client who, one hour earlier, told her spouse she was going to hire a private investigator to have him followed.  You cannot threaten to have someone followed and then expect that it can be done successfully soon thereafter.  This type of activity must be planned and all of the circumstances mentioned above must be considered before attempting mobile surveillance.  Even with all of the planning in the world, sometimes surveillance must be aborted due to circumstances beyond our control.

How much will it cost to obtain evidence of cheating?

The cost will be based on the amount of time required to obtain the evidence.  The more information you can provide regarding your spouse's activities, habits, behaviors, etc., the less time we have to spend conducting surveillance.  Unless you have specific information regarding when something will happen, there will be a certain amount of waiting time.  We will do everything we can, with your help, to predict when something is likely to happen but you must understand that there can be times when surveillance yields nothing.  It is important to understand we are paid by the hour, no matter what happens.  Sometimes it is necessary to wait hours to get 30 seconds of incriminating video.  Prices

Will proof of a cheating spouse help me get custody of my children?

Possibly.  All of the actions and character traits of both parents can be brought to light during a child custody dispute.  Cheating can be shown, and does often affect, not only the other spouse but the children as well.  The effect of such evidence depends on the judge, your attorney, and the circumstances surrounding the cheating activity as it relates to the welfare of the children.  Your attorney can best answer this question for you.

Will you communicate with my attorney regarding my case?

If you and your attorney agree, we will communicate directly with your attorney.  Most of the time we communicate only with our client who then passes along the evidence or information to their attorney.  Your attorney may ask you to sign a document giving your attorney permission to communicate with us regarding your case.  This matter should be worked out between you and your attorney.

How will I know when I have enough evidence?

The amount of evidence will depend on the decision made by you and/or your attorney.  If the evidence is being used in a court case, your attorney should be able to tell you if there is enough evidence to assist you.  If you are acting on your own, then it is up to you.  You have to ask yourself whether or not your question has been answered or your suspicions eliminated. 

Should I confront my spouse with the evidence?

This is a decision you will have to make and it depends on what you want to accomplish.  If the evidence is currently being used or will be used in court, you should first contact an attorney before confronting your spouse.  You should also consider your spouse's reaction to this confrontation and in all cases consider your safety first.  If your spouse has been violent in the past or you believe your spouse will react violently, you should avoid any situation in which a confrontation may lead to violence.  It may be necessary for you to seek professional assistance in some cases.  In any emergency you should immediately contact the police.  If you need advice or other assistance you can contact the local families in crisis center.

Will you testify for me in court?

Once we obtain evidence for you we will testify in court to support the evidence.  We will testify only to what evidence we discovered.  We will absolutely not lie or misrepresent evidence in order to further our client's case.  Our reputation is important to us and we will never jeopardize that.  Our fee for testimony in court will be the same rate plan used during the investigation.  Our clients are billed for the time spent testifying and the time waiting to testify outside the courtroom, regardless of the outcome of the case.

I already know my spouse is cheating on me, I just want the proof.

It is up to our clients whether or not they wish to hire us but we always encourage our clients to consider whether or not further evidence of what they already know will assist them.  Many times potential clients contact us for services even though they have substantial proof of infidelity.  We encourage you to consult with an attorney before paying anyone to obtain further evidence.  The information we find may not be necessary or may be redundant.

My cheating spouse is in the military and I want to get him in trouble.

Once we obtain the information for you it is yours to do with as you please.  It is up to you whether or not you present the information to your spouse's superiors in the military.  We will not do this for you.  We will not speak with military officials unless we are contacted directly by them.  Our clients frequently ask us about this situation.  Keep in mind that this usually serves no purpose except revenge.  Also keep in mind that from a financial standpoint, it is very difficult to obtain child support or alimony from someone who does not have a job.  Your decision to present this type of evidence to military officials could directly affect you or your children in the long run.  As always, consult with your attorney before taking any type of action.

What about confidentiality and illegal activity?

All of our work for our clients in confidential.  We will not discuss our work with any person without your permission.  There is one exception to this rule.  We will absolutely not allow any person to be physically injured or endangered in any way and we will not allow our clients to violate the law.  If we suspect that our client intends to harm another person or violate the law in any way, we will report the client to the police and assist the police in the prosecution of the client.  We will also immediately take action to warn any person that may be in danger.  This includes releasing all information, evidence, and documents regarding our original agreement. 

What information do you need to get started?

In order for us to get started we will need as much information as possible about you and your spouse and the circumstances surrounding the situation.  It is helpful, during the initial consultation,  to provide us with your spouse's license plate numbers, addresses, phone numbers, employment, friends, habits, pictures or physical description, or any information that will help us know when, where, and how to begin surveillance.