A NJ Cohabitation Investigator That Knows the Law
According to New Jersey law, you are not obligated to pay alimony to an ex-spouse who is cohabiting with another. However, if your ex is not honest about their living situation, convincing a New Jersey Court to terminate your alimony payments without the proper evidence can be difficult.
Fortunately, in 2014, the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill that implemented long-overdue changes to the Alimony Law, leveling the playing field as it relates to cohabitation. Per the new law, even if the one receiving alimony is in a relationship with someone who maintains a separate residence, it is still possible to prove cohabitation and revoke the alimony you have paid as a violation of the divorce agreement.
As a seasoned Cohabitation Investigator, Cowan Investigations can help you with obtaining the hard evidence you need to prove your case in a court of law. Owner and primary private investigator Bob Cowan will obtain the needed evidence through the use of public records as well as expert surveillance, which may include procuring photographs and video to assist you in proving your case. All evidence is obtained through legal means and will be admissible in court. Such evidence can go a long way in obtaining a court order to end your payments.
Getting these payments terminated can be exceedingly difficult to do alone. While hiring a knowledgeable lawyer is paramount, the evidence a cohabitation investigator provides can help seal your case.
As a N.J. private investigator, Bob Cowan believes that the best client is one who has done extensive research on their choice in an investigator for their case, as it is essential to retain the services of the very best in such delicate situations.
As the Former Chief of Police for Jersey City, Bob Cowan achieved a highly distinguished police career by mastering all subject matter related to the field, studying incessantly to acquire incredible knowledge of police work and the legal system. Bob has used his tenacity and experience to seamlessly transition into the private investigations business, becoming a highly skilled cohabitation investigator.
Cowan Investigations proudly serves private citizens across New Jersey, including but not limited to Bergen, Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, and Mercer Counties, NJ, and also provides services for those seeking a/an:
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Private investigators conducting cohabitation investigations or alimony investigations in Mercer County, Middlesex County, Bergen County, Ocean County, Monmouth County or anywhere else in the state can be expensive. As a New Jersey Cohabitation Investigator, I believe the best client is a person who has done extensive research on their selection of a N.J. Private Investigator they intend to hire. It is essential to retain the very best private investigator to handle your case anywhere in New Jersey.
I have been successful in my police career because I mastered all subject matter relating to policing. I studied incessantly in order to achieve this knowledge. Why did I find it so important to be knowledgeable in policing? For me, the answer is, that there is nothing more satisfying than providing an above standard service to the public. This is my attitude whether I worked in a public sector police job as well as serving as NJ’s cohabitation investigator.
Cowan Investigations specializes in marital issues, particularly cohabitation investigations. The goal is to search out the truth and terminate the alimony of the client.
The Importance of Continuing Training for a Cohabitation Investigator
Unfortunately, many N.J. Private Investigators are often not properly versed in the nuances of the law to be able to put together a case effectively.
Bob Cowan makes it his mission to be on the alert for any developments in the NJ legal system or any new sources of information. To continue maintaining a premier private investigation service, Bob has most recently completed a course on the contents of the 2014 Revision of the New Jersey Alimony Law. This course was led by prominent New Jersey attorney Robert Ramsey, an instructor for the Garden State Continuing Legal Education Course. As a professional P.I. and cohabitation investigator, Bob continuously adds to his knowledge and training in all matters concerning cohabitation and alimony. Studies include recent case law involving family law, revisions in search/seizure case laws, and other relevant legal developments.
Revised 2014 Standards for Cohabitation:
For a highly informative read on the 2014 Alimony Reform Bill, see the article by well-known New Jersey attorneys Robert A. Epstein And Eric S. Solotiff: http://www.foxrothschild.com/publications/new-jersey-enacts-alimony-reform-bill/.
Per the 2014 statute, a court may suspend or terminate alimony if the payee cohabitates with another person. Pursuant to the law, cohabitation involves an intimate, mutually supportive personal relationship in which a couple has undertaken privileges and duties that are commonly associated with marriage or civil union, but does not necessarily maintain a single common household.
When assessing whether cohabitation is occurring or not, the court will consider the following:
(1) Intertwined finances, including joint bank accounts and other joint liabilities or holdings;
(2) Sharing or joint responsibility for living expenses;
(3) Recognition of the relationship in the couple’s family and social circle;
(4) Living together, frequency of contact, duration of the relationship, and other indicia of a mutually supportive and intimate personal relationship;
(5) Sharing in household chores;
(6) Whether the recipient of alimony received an enforceable promise of support from another person within the meaning of subsection h. of R.S.25:1-5 (“palimony”); and
(7) All other relevant evidence.
In evaluating whether cohabitation is occurring and if alimony should be terminated or suspended, the court will also consider the length of the relationship. A court may not find an absence of cohabitation solely on the grounds that the couple does not live together on a full-time basis.
Call Cowan Investigations Today
If you are dealing with a case where cohabitation law in New Jersey comes into play, you don’t have to go it alone. Call our team at Cowan Investigations today for a free and 100% confidential 30-minute phone consultation.
Cowan Investigations proudly serves private citizens across the state of New Jersey, including but limited to anyone living in Monmouth, Mercer, Ocean, Middlesex, or Bergen County, NJ.