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Hire an Alimony Investigator in NJ with the Right Credentials

As a parent, Bob Cowan of Cowan Investigations understands that the safety of your children is paramount. If your children are currently in the custody of your ex-spouse whom you know or suspect is cohabiting with a new partner, you need to know the new partner’s background.

In his professional experience as the former Chief of Police of Jersey City, and with nearly thirty-five years of law enforcement experience, Bob has frequently seen how unseemly individuals will seek romantic relationships with those who are already parents in order to gain access to their children. On your part, it is vital for you to know whether or not your ex’s new partner has:

  • A criminal record of any kind
  • A history of violence, domestic or otherwise
  • A history of alcohol or drug abuse

As a New Jersey alimony investigator, Cowan strongly advises that you should explore the background of your ex’s new partner to determine whether they pose a threat to your children. Private Investigator Suburban Park

Quite often, there is a lack of information to provide to the NJ alimony investigator. In many instances a limited amount of information on the target of the cohabitation investigation is available. This is so because the client no longer has knowledge of the inner workings of the alimony recipient’s daily routine. The only information the payer of alimony may be able to provide is the information shared by old friends, neighbors and relatives. Sometimes information may even be gleaned from the children of the marriage.

With regard to the children of the marriage, as a New Jersey alimony investigator, former Jersey City Police Chief Bob Cowan strongly advises that during a cohabitation investigation, you also explore the background of your ex’s new partner to determine whether they pose a threat to your children.

Continue below to learn about more about what Bob Cowan of Cowan Investigations can do for you and your alimony investigation.

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Cowan Investigations is proud to serve residents across New Jersey, including those in Ocean, Monmouth, Mercer, Middlesex Counties and Bergen County. He also offers expert services for those seeking a/an:

The Purpose and Process of an Alimony Investigation

Your foremost concern should be the children; is an undesirable cohabiting with your ex?

Retaining the services of a highly knowledgeable and experienced alimony investigator can help you obtain the hard evidence you need to prove, in a court of law, that your ex’s new partner is a hazard to your children. As a preliminary to the investigation, it will be essential for the alimony investigator to gather as much intelligence as possible on the ex-spouse from the client. Though this may sound obvious for some, a surprisingly large number of clients will initially resist sharing this critical pre-investigation intelligence because they think some details are insignificant when they may actually help.

Although you and your ex-spouse are no longer together, you may still possess knowledge of critical details that can prove vital to your case. Your alimony investigator will conduct a detailed interview with you concerning:

  • Your ex-spouse’s workplace
  • Habits and hobbies
  • Preferred restaurant and stores
  • Doctor and therapy appointments
  • Other pertinent information

By gathering all or even a small part of this investigatory intelligence prior to the investigation, your private alimony investigator will begin to create a clear picture of the subject’s routine and whereabouts, which can be key to collecting information on the new partner and building a case of cohabitation.

If possible, it is also important to obtain recent photographs of the subject and any other relevant individuals, as well as detailed descriptions of vehicles they may operate along with license plate numbers. This intelligence, together with a search of public records and other databases, will help save precious time and provide the client with a more cost-effective investigation.

As the investigation develops and more information is acquired, the person who is cohabiting or suspected of cohabiting with your ex will be identified, and a battery of background checks should identify any historical records that may indicate he/she is a danger to your children. Understandably, alimony investigations frequently evolve into child custody cases as well.

Our Expert Alimony Investigators Will Work with Your Lawyer

The most important thing an alimony investigator can provide your attorney is enough legally obtained evidence to provide the elements of a prima facie* case, giving your attorney the information statements they need to win your case.

Ed Weinstein, a prominent NJ family law attorney operating in East Brunswick, wrote a very succinct article on this very point, explaining that the first step to a successful alimony case is bringing prime facie evidence to the New Jersey Family Court to be able to proceed to the next step. Mr. Weinstein’s article is linked below, and Cowan Investigations recommends it as required reading for anyone considering filing an alimony case in New Jersey Family Court.

With more than thirty-five years of law enforcement background, Bob possesses an enormous understanding of how evidence can be legally obtained and under what circumstances. Do not spend a substantial amount of money on an investigation, only to have the evidence thrown out of court because an inexperienced private investigator obtained it improperly.

*Prima facie” is a Latin term literally meaning “on its face,” and is a fact presumed to be true unless disproved. Prima facie proof is grounded on first impression, and is accepted as correct until proved otherwise. For the majority of civil actions, the individual bringing forth the claim must present a prima facie case to avoid dismissal. This is because the burden of persuading a judge or jury always rests with the plaintiff.

Let Cowan Investigations Handle Your Case Today

Cowan Investigations is proud to provide their services to residents living in all of New Jersey, including, but not limited to Bergen, Ocean, Monmouth, Mercer, and Middlesex Counties. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Cowan Investigations today for a free, 30-minute, and completely confidential phone consultation.


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  • Avatar Tommy Musselman ★★★★★ a month ago
    I didn't personally have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Cowan but Liz was so incredibly efficient and professional!! Within hrs she had already gotten answers to a question that has tormented me for a long time.
    If you need ANY investigative
    … More work done trust Cowan. This was my 1st time dealing with an investigative service and I was best pleased!! 5 stars all the way! A special thank you to Liz. You're a dear and I will always remember your warmth, sympathy and professionalism. Always.
  • Avatar Anthony S ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Best of the Best!
    Worked with Bob during his tenure as the former Chief of the Jersey City Police Department. All I can say is that you will be getting what you pay for with this results driven company.
    A leader within the industry with
    … More over 34+ years in law enforcement as well as a proven track record of accomplishments in the field. If I needed a private investigator, Cowan Investigations would be my first choice, hands down.
  • Avatar Jay White ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    As a retired Deputy Police Chief with the Jersey City Police Department I had the privilege of working with Bob Cowan for over 25 years.
    Bob is an honest and ethical professional who shows empathy towards people in unfortunate situations.
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    Bob’s objective analysis and evaluation of an issue enables him to address the true problem at hand.
    His strong analytical abilities coupled with thorough research and attention to detail make him an ideal private investigator.
    I know his clients will receive a comprehensive detailed report that will stand up in any hearing or court of law.
    Bob is a high caliber dedicated professional who will give it his all to address the issues at hand and achieve results.
  • Avatar Rae ★★★★★ 10 months ago
    I would highly recommend Cowan Investigations. From the time you speak to Liz on the phone until the time Bob is finished with the investigation you will always know what is going on, what is taking place, and what they found. You will … More be provided with detailed information and surveillance. Bob is very well trained in this field and will provide you with outstanding work. Both Bob and Liz are very compassionate and caring people and make you feel comfortable through the whole process. At the end of the investigation you’ll know that you have hired the right people for the job.
  • Avatar Sarah V ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    I have been married for over 25 years, 2 years ago things just started not feeling right, I started having suspicions that my husband was cheating. I felt trapped, I was embarrassed to talk about it with anyone. I put up with feeling … More this way for two years.
    I began researching private investigators because I was fed up with being lied to and deceived, talked to like I was crazy. I called a few investigators but I did not feel comfortable, I felt like I was talking to used car salesmen. Just before I was going to give up I called Cowan Investigations. From the minute I began speaking to Liz Cowan I began to feel comfortable, she was very genuine, caring and knowledgeable on how to proceed. Liz set up a call with Bob who I immediately could tell was very experienced and knew how to proceed.
    Over a 4 day period Bob and Joe uncovered the evidence I needed to confront the lies and other deceptions I was subjected to, which let me make the decisions I needed to make for myself. Above all I was able to regain my self respect by getting the proof I needed.
    From time Liz answered the phone until Bob and Joe finished the investigation, I was overwhelmed by the professionalism and caring they displayed towards me and the investigation.
    Thanks again Liz, Bob and Joe, you’re the best
  • Avatar Fidel Hernandez ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    If there was a way to give this Gentleman ten stars, I would. Don't be mistaken by the use of the word "gentleman" he is a hound and he zeros in on the minutia of the investigation. He is a real detective with a extensive … More background in law enforcement.
    I thought that I had a really good understanding of my case and then I hired Bob Cowan. He exposed so many things that were hidden in plain sight that it blew my mind and consequently gave me much needed peace of mind.
    From the time he took my case, he kept in constant contact with me. All throughout, he explained things in way that I could understand. He was reassuring, professional and the best guy for the job!
    I am in the unenviable position of knowing what I am saying. It can and is, at times, overwhelming when you have to hire a private investigator. This usually arises from a traumatic experience and the reason why you should surround yourself with someone who knows what this experience fells like.
    I trust Bob Cowan and hope he continues to help others, like he helped me. I am grateful to have been referred to him! Thank you, Sir.
    And yes, I would be remiss if I didn't thank his wife Liz. She took my initial phone call and she knew I needed his help. She was warm and kind. Just what you need when you are faced with these situations...Thank you, Liz.
  • Avatar Susie K ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    I recently had the need to use a private investigator. After looking at several options, I decided to call Cowan Investigations. The decision to call them turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. I really like the fact that … More Mr. Cowan has a law enforcement background and is a former Chief of Police for Jersey City. After my first conversation with Liz Cowan I knew I had called the right people. She made me feel very comfortable when I answered all the questions she needed to get the facts regarding a very complicated situation. Liz is very thorough, caring, and very professional and usually available when I had questions. Liz and Bob make you, their priority. I NEVER had to worry if Mr. Cowan would be working on my case at the time I was promised. He was always at the location, on time, very descrete and went way above and beyond my expectations. I was informed of the progress on a daily basis and over a period of 4-5 days, had enough evidence to prove my case. The reports are very professionally written with dates and time stamped. It says a lot when my lawyer called Bob Cowan and complimented him on the great report he gave to my lawyer, to take to court. I feel the evidence gathered by Cowan Investigations and presented to the judge, by my lawyer, made a huge difference in the judge's decision. I met Mr. Cowan and shook his hand after I won the case. I highly recommend Cowan Investigations and will definitely use them again if needed. Thank you for all your hard work, you are the best!

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Hector Vargas
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amazing job being done for the community.
Bill Schaff
Bill Schaff
10 hours ago
We cannot thank Bob and Liz enough for helping us with a matter that was probably outside the realm of their normal practice. They were instrumental in assisting us in reaching out to an unscrupulous used car salesman. The individual wouldn't return our calls and obviously, did not wish to be found.Due to their tireless efforts and many phone calls, we were finally put in touch with him. With their help, the situation was fully resolved! They handled the situation with the utmost care and professionalism. We strongly recommend Cowan Investigations as they are very good at what they do!
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Fidel H.
Fidel H.
2019-11-28 07:20:51
On this thanksgiving day, I can say that I am very grateful for the peace of mind this detailed investigator gave me. Not only did he provide me with the...