When a married couple gets a separation or divorce, court-ordered alimony is often paid by one of the former spouses to the other. Although frequently perceived as a negative consequence of divorce, alimony plays an important role in preventing the occurrence of any inequitable economic consequences, including financial destitution or a drastic change from the ex-spouse’s former lifestyle. In general, alimony lasts for a period of time usually determined by the duration of the marriage or civil union — after a decade of marriage, the term for alimony is often Open Duration, which essentially replaced permanent alimony in the 2014 revision to the New Jersey alimony and cohabitation laws.
Sometimes, after a separation or divorce, the alimony recipient may begin to cohabitate, or live with another person who supports him or her financially and acts in almost all ways like another spouse. According to New Jersey State Law, in these instances, alimony may be revoked because the recipient is no longer dependant on the former, paying spouse. Unfortunately, if the ex-spouse is dishonest and secretive about his or her living situation, persuading the Family Court in New Jersey to terminate the alimony payments is challenging without the help of a New Jersey Private Investigator.
Fortunately, the experienced private detective and former Jersey City Chief of Police, Bob Cowan of Cowan Investigations, can perform top-rated cohabitation and infidelity investigations in Monmouth County, NJ. as well as the rest of New Jersey, He has the tools and the experience to make the right moves to disprove the claims of his clients’ untruthful ex-spouses and halt or reduce alimony payments
Proving Cohabitation for Alimony Adjustment
We always encourage our clients to hire reliable and dedicated attorneys to represent them in court, but the evidence that our investigators procure can help seal the deal. Primary investigator Bob Cowan has nearly 35 years of investigative experience, serving in the police force and as a private investigator. He understands the legal system and performs his investigations legally, so all evidence he procures for client cases is admissible in court.
Some of the methods he uses to prove cohabitation and obtain a court order for alimony payment cessation include:
Public Record Searches & Social Media Analyses
Knowledge of email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, occupations, and relatives can prove useful during the first stages of a cohabitation investigation. Additionally, social media platforms offer countless opportunities for skilled private detectives to investigate alimony recipients through digital pictures, videos, posts, and comments.
Photo and video surveillance, along with garbage pulls, can provide incontrovertible evidence of cohabitation. Because private investigators are not “government actors,” they are not beholden to the fourth amendment stating that citizens be free from “Government Intrusion.” As a result, appropriate and legal search-and-seizure methods employed by Cowan can bring strong, admissible evidence to the table.
Intentional or Unintentional Admission of Cohabitation
Rarely do alimony beneficiaries openly admit that they are cohabiting with another person before or after a separation or divorce, but it can happen.
Unintentional admission can include:
- Accidentally revealing their cohabitation through word-of-mouth or text
- Changing permanent address or forwarding mail to the new partner’s residence
- Using the new partner’s phone number as their own
There is no true way to entirely prove cohabitation when the ex-spouse is dishonest about his or her living situation. However, a wholly legal private investigation by Cowan Investigations could be paramount to getting the evidence needed to obtain court permission to stop or reduce alimony payments. For more information about expert cohabitation and infidelity investigations in Middlesex County, NJ as well as the rest of New Jersey call Cowan Investigations, and set up a free 30-minute consultation today.