Investigation into cohabitation.
We are quite often called upon to investigate and obtain proof of cohabitation. This is usually when there is an ongoing divorce case. One partner can plead poverty looking for a handsome divorce settlement. In these scenarios they will say they have little income where in fact they maybe living with a new wealthy partner who is more than capable of supporting them.
One such scenario a few years back was a client called us and explained that her ex husband was telling the court that he was out of work and was forced to live with his father some 70 miles from the ex marital home near Warwick.
The male was placed under a lengthy surveillance in Warwick in over a period of weeks which showed that he was in fact living with another woman just five miles from his old marital home in a very affluent area.
He was observed entering the house in the evening with a key and coming out in the mornings with fresh clothing. He was then followed daily to his place of work (the work he didn’t tell the court about).
He was observed shopping in the Waitrose supermarket with his his new woman and paying for the shopping himself and then unloading the shopping which was taken into the house.
The visual deceit
Thursday night was skype night. Skype night was where he would talk to his children via on line video. Now what you have to remember here was he had told the client and the court that he was living with dad in Bedfordshire. To make this look genuine it was suspected that he was actually driving to Bedfordshire on a thursday to make the skype calls.
M.R.Investigations operatives were tasked with following the Subject from his place of work on the Thursday and sure enough instead of driving home, he drove to Bedfordshire arriving at his father’s address and placed the skype call to the children. Grandad would jump in on the conversation reinforcing the picture that dad was indeed living at Grandads house.
It wasn’t long after the conversation terminated that the Subject was seen to exit his father’s house and was followed all the way back to Warwick and into the newly discovered love nest he had set up with his new girlfriend.
Our investigations showed that he was in full time self employed employment working at various locations in the midlands.
Our report was handed over to the client and the case was presented in due course to the court. We don’t always hear the outcome of our cases but in this one the client was quick to inform us that the case due to our evidence had gone entirely in her favour.
© M.R.Investigations May 2017.