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    Child Custody issues should only be handled by  a professional, work with a New Jersey Private Investigator you can trust, contact former Jersey City Police Chief Bob Cowan for a free 30 minute consultation

    New Jersey Child Custody Investigations are serious issues having important repercussions to the well being of your

    Former Jersey City Police Chief Bob Cowan addressing grammar school children at the Ethical Community Charter School in Jersey City.

    children. Bob Cowan owner of Cowan Investigations is the former Chief of New Jersey’s second largest municipal police department.  Bob has a thirty five year background in New Jersey Law Enforcement. Bob has extensive experience in the practical application of relevant New Jersey laws pertaining to child custody. Laws such as child endangerment/child abuse, juvenile law and domestic violence. Recognizing the importance of child custody issues Bob will either directly participate in the child custody investigation.  Bob will only be assisted by an experienced New Jersey Private Investigator  having knowledge of applicable New Jersey Laws.

    The Child Custody Investigator You Need to Win Your Case

    A child custody investigation is a serious matter that has important repercussions for the well-being of your children. Bob Cowan, owner of Cowan Investigations, is the former Chief of Police of Jersey City, New Jersey’s second-largest municipal police department. Bob has a thirty-five-year background in NJ law Enforcement, and has extensive experience in the practical application of laws pertaining to child custody such as child endangerment/child abuse, domestic violence, and juvenile law.

    Recognizing the gravity of such issues, Bob directly participates in and oversees all child custody investigations. Receiving assistance from a seasoned New Jersey private investigator who is versed in all applicable NJ laws is exactly what private citizens all across New Jersey, including Bergen, Monmouth, Mercer, Ocean, and Middlesex Counties, NJ, need. He also offers expert services for those seeking a/an:

    Working Closely With Your Attorney During the Investigation

    The facts provided during a child custody investigation will assist your attorney in any motions before the court. Relevant issues include:

        Legal child custody

        Primary residential child custody

        Shared child custody

        Physical child custody

        Joint custody

        Visitation rights

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    As a NJ Child Custody Investigator, Bob knows that any information uncovered during an investigation can be used to substantiate allegations of child neglect and abuse, which can result in the non-offending parent obtaining full custody of the child.

    During an investigation, the child custody investigators at Cowan Investigations can uncover all manner of background information such as DUI charges, criminal records, and other relevant information through comprehensive background searches. Such background investigations will be done with the intention of preventing further child abuse, neglect, or endangerment.

    When You Should Seek A Child Custody Investigation

    Once you have decided that your child’s best interests are not being served by a change of physical and/or legal custody, you should strongly consider retaining the services of an experienced NJ Child Custody Investigator. It is also vital you hire a knowledgeable family law attorney. The attorney you retain should have experience litigating child custody motions in New Jersey courts.

    Cowan Investigations will gather the needed legal evidence for your motion. It is amazing the amount and nature of compelling evidence often uncovered by the examining of social media accounts during a Child Custody Investigation. Another successful method utilized by Cowan Investigations during a NJ Child Custody Investigation is the searching of police records for any police responses that may have been called into a suspected parent’s home. Your lawyer’s task will be to get the evidence gathered by the child custody investigator for admissibility and relevance.

    Cowan Investigations is Experienced in Child Custody Matters

    Former Chief Bob Cowan received all of his law enforcement experience in the Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey’s second-most populous municipality. When considering which NJ Child Custody Investigators to retain for your case, it is essential to prioritize experience. Former Chief of Police Bob Cowan has that experience, and has a proven background in investigation and case management, with specializations in multiple other areas:

    Criminal Investigations

    This includes Child Abuse and Child Endangerment, as well as Domestic Violence Investigations.

    A History of Working With Children’s Agencies

    Bob Cowan has a long history of dealing with the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS, more recently DCCP).  In Bob’s thirty-five years of service in the police department, he had continuous interaction with Children’s Services. For twenty-seven of those years, Bob served in a number of supervisory ranks in the department, serving as a Radio Car Patrolman, Police Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief, and ultimately Chief of Police.

    Proficiency in Criminal Justice Codes

    Mr. Cowan is an expert in New Jersey Criminal Code 2C and all of the areas of criminal activities it includes. Bob has handled physical assaults, sexual assaults, domestic violence, juvenile legal matters, and many other situations.

    Comprehensive Records Preparation

    Lastly, Bob Cowan is meticulous in his preparation of reports and handling of evidence and is experienced in identifying relevant evidential material while discarding extraneous items and information. Click here to see one of Bob Cowan’s sample reports.

    As your NJ Child Custody Investigator Bob Cowan is willing to do anything legally permissible to gather the evidence you need for your case, which, in turn, will be used by your attorney to succeed in your child custody motion before a New Jersey Family Court.

    Divorce and Child Custody

    Divorce-related investigations often overlap with other court-related issues. Cowan Investigations will work in close concert with your lawyers and obtain the evidence they need to litigate your case effectively.

    Contact Cowan Investigations Today

    Cowan Investigations proudly serves residents all across New Jersey including Bergen,  Monmouth, Mercer, Ocean, and Middlesex Counties, NJ. Call Cowan Investigations today for a free, half-hour, completely confidential phone consultation.




    Bob thank you so much for your time,
    I had recently contacted several private eyes in order to explore my options in a complicated Child Custody matter. I was totally unimpressed with the Investigators I had spoken to because they didn’t seem to have a grasp of the legal issues involved. This was the case until I talked with Bob Cowan. Bob seemed to be genuinely concerned asking what I thought were all the right questions concerning my relationship with my children and ex-wife. Bob was extremely familiar with domestic violence laws, restraining orders and police interventions in family situations including dealing with DYFS. I have yet to retain Bob but I know if I need an investigator it is going to be him, he spent well over an hour on the phone with me leaving me feeling so much more informed of many of the legal issues.
    Roger C

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    • Avatar Megan Parker ★★★★★ 2 months ago
      I approached Cowan Investigations from out of state with a delicate situation that needed to be handled in NJ and Liz made me feel at ease and in good hands immediately! Both Liz and Bob reviewed my case and got back to be the same day … More with a great price and additional suggestions to make sure I was satisfied with the planning they had come up with. It was important to me for all parties involved in my case to feel comfortable and Liz and Bob definitely fit the bill! They took the time to gather all the information needed and completely exceeded my expectations. I originally chose to call Cowan Investigations because of the professional website and Bob's credentials, but it was the personal care and service that cemented their agency for me. Thanks again Liz!!
    • Avatar Tommy Musselman ★★★★★ 4 months 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 ★★★★★ 8 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 Rae ★★★★★ a year 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 Jay White ★★★★★ 10 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.
    • A Google User ★★★★★ 10 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.
      … More
      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 Sarah V ★★★★★ a year 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 ★★★★★ a year 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 ★★★★★ a year 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
    7 hours ago
    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...