What starts with a request from one spouse for to find proof of a cheating spouse or other marital infidelity often expands into another area: child custody.

The requests to find evidence of an extramarital affair by an unfaithful wife or unfaithful husband continue to surge, which is why we have much experience in this area. Many times, one spouse is already talking with an attorney and they already believe there have been signs of an affair and just need evidence.

Other times, it is not a secret affair or a desire to catch a cheating spouse. It could be financial or personal infidelity. Little (or not so little) lies or secrecy surrounding finances or activities could be the impetus for surveillance as well.

And sometimes, it is a combination of the two, especially when children are involved.

During a divorce when there are children, one spouse may be asking for us to compile evidence to provide to the judge over and above signs of infidelity. The idea is to get the facts that will support their intention to protect their children. That protection could involve custody arrangements, visitation or financial support.

Another extension of this is that after the divorce is final, child custody rulings may include restrictions such as the children must not be in contact with certain people or be in certain places. There are usually bad feelings between parents already and when it surfaces that the restrictions are not being obeyed, the requests to change from “follow my wife” to “follow my ex-wife and find out where she’s taking my children.”

While divorces are highly charged emotional situations to begin with, when children are involved the emotional levels increase, for the parties involved. is an objective outsider that provides evidence based on facts – not interpretation or emotion.

We may be asked to catch a cheater, find a license plate number or provide details of an extramarital affair or other marital infidelity. We can do that because we remain objective and are experienced in surveillance and fact gathering. Attorneys rely on us to give them factual and reliable information they need to take to the courts, especially when a child’s best interests are at stake.

-Brenda McGinley, CEO, All in Investigations, All in Investigations