CHILD CUSTODY/ FAMILY LAW INVESTIGATIONS

Cloak Investigations is a proven expert when it comes to child custody and family law investigations. Our team of experienced investigators will help you obtain the evidence you need, preparing statements for court and assisting you in liaising with child protection services and police if necessary.

When you separate, the welfare of your children when in the care of your ex, can often be your greatest worry. Our investigators can find out;

  • Is your ex-partner giving your children adequate care?
  • Does your ex-partner leave your child with unsuitable carers?
  • What is their home environment like?
  • Are the children being left in the care of friends or relatives on a regular basis?

These concerns are legitimate and can often be alleviated after a short period of surveillance. If you’re worried about the kids, our caring team is at your disposal. We can gather enough information to give you the peace of mind you need to sleep at night. And if things aren’t right over at the ex’s house our expert child custody and family law investigations team on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast will get the evidence you need to pursue the matter with authorities or in the Family Court. Contact Us today.

FAMILY LAW INVESTIGATION CASE STUDIES

(*some minor details have been changed to protect the privacy of our valued clients)

Surveillance Operation Rescues Child from Abusive Father

A young mother who had separated from her son’s father after the child disclosed that he had been sexually abused by the father, had been fighting hard to convince the court that her son was not safe in the father’s care. She told the court that her child was terrified of the father and did not want to be placed in his care. The father claimed that the mother was lying, that the boy was not afraid of him and that they had a good relationship. The Magistrate believed the father and awarded him contact visits in a public park for several hours each weekend until the next court hearing.

In desperation, the mother contacted Cloak Investigations. Our team subsequently planned a five week operation in which surveillance would be conducted on the boy and the father during the park contact visits. During the operation, our investigators recorded sufficient evidence to convince the court that the father should have no further contact with the child.

Fearful Father Gets Peace of Mind

A worried father contacted Cloak Investigations asking us to conduct surveillance on his son’s mother after hearing concerning reports that her drinking problem had returned and that she was having regular parties and becoming intoxicated in the presence of their young son.

Our surveillance experts conducted an operation in which they monitored the mother’s activities during contact visits with our client’s son over a period of several weeks. At the conclusion of the investigation, we were able to report to our client that the mother was behaving like a very loving and responsible parent and that his son was receiving excellent care. Our client was extremely relieved and commented that the operation was extremely worthwhile because now he could relax and not worry when his son was with the mother.

Child Abuse Investigation Takes a Different Turn

Cloak Investigations was engaged to conduct surveillance on two children while in the care of their father. The children had been coming home from visits with the father telling of the fathers physical abuse of them. The mother needed evidence of the abuse because the courts thought she was coaching the children to say their father was abusive. She hoped we might catch the father lashing out at the children in public.

Our investigations team planned a surveillance operation that would run daily for several weeks while the children were with the father. Unfortunately, due to its location, the father’s home was a no-go for surveillance, so we planned to rely upon documenting his behaviour toward the children when they were out and about together.

After two weeks of daily surveillance, it became clear that there would be no opportunity to capture evidence of the father’s interactions with the children while out and about, because the children were not even staying with the father when they were in his care. Instead, they were being handed into the custody of the father’s sister.

After several weeks, we were able to report that the father spent little or no time with the children during his care period. He did not take them out or spend any sort of quality time with them. The mother was subsequently able to argue that the father was unable and unwilling to care for the children and, while the children’s abuse allegations could not be verified, the mother was given a greater share of custody.

CHILD SUPPORT INVESTIGATIONS

Investigations into child support

If you’re looking for a professional, discrete and experienced child support investigations team, look no further.One of the most vexing issues for separated parents is often child support matters. The issue of whether a non-residential parent should be paying child support and how much they should be paying is a matter for the Child Support Agency. Cloak Investigations can provide enough evidence to assist CSA in making its decisions. Is your ex-partner working and not reporting their income truthfully to CSA? With discrete surveillance and inquiries, our professional team on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast can provide you with the evidence you need to make them pay up. We can also refer you to child support advocates who can assist you when making Change of Assessments and in dealing with CSA in general. If your ex is cheating you on child support, contact us and speak to one of our child support investigators today.

Child Support Case Studies

(*minor details have been changed to protect the privacy of our valued clients)

Mine Worker Catches out Fraudulent Ex-Wife

A paying parent who worked in a well-paid position in the mines, was assessed to pay hundreds of dollars per week to his ex wife for the care of their 16 year old child. The paying parent asked Cloak Investigations to substantiate reports that the wife was receiving substantial and undeclared rental income from her home while living at her mother’s house and that the child was living with a friend and was no longer in her care.

Our investigators made discrete inquiries and obtained recorded evidence from a tenant of the ex-wife’s home confirming all the facts. Further investigations revealed that the 16-year-old was indeed living with his girlfriend’s parents.

We subsequ

ently passed the client on to our child support advocate who assisted him with a successful change of assessment that saw him paying a greatly reduced amount.

Deadbeat Dad Made to Pay Up

A single mother contacted Cloak Investigations frustrated at reports from her children that their father was earning cash in hand income through his photography business while declaring a nil income to the Child Support Agency.

Our undercover surveillance experts subsequently visited the non-paying father posing as potential customers. They were able to obtain covert video and audio recordings of the father discussing pricing, income and work hours and making an appointment for a photo shoot.

The single mother was subseqently able to get a change of assessment from the Child Support Agency and the deadbeat dad was forced to pay his dues.

Cloak Investigations is proudly associated with MY CHILD SUPPORT.

TEENAGE ACTIVITY INVESTIGATIONS

Most parents with teenagers spend a lot of time worrying and sometimes their worries are justifiable. With the dreaded Schoolies Week stories of alcohol and drug overdoses or regular news reports of drink driving teenagers killed on our roads or chilling accounts of teenage girls travelling to meet males they’ve spoken with on the internet only to discover they’re in for more than they bargained for, is it any wonder we’re going prematurely grey! Our teenagers want independence, but we worry they lack the street smarts and maturity to handle the big bad world. If you’re worried about your teen, Cloak Investigations can help. We have experience in tracking teenage activity and we will report back to you every step of the way, giving you peace of mind or the information you need to head-off dangerous situations before it’s too late. Contact Us to find out how our experienced investigators on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast can help.

DRUG, ALCOHOL AND GAMBLING ADDICTIONS

Drug, alcohol and gambling addictions, in fact most addictions, are satisfied in secret. Whether it be illicit drug use, alcohol abuse or problem gambling, the addict will often go to great lengths to conceal their addiction, even from those closest to them. The problem is that, without help, the addict’s actions can affect the whole family and could be life threatening for the addict. If you suspect someone you love has a problem, we can help. Our experienced surveillance eam on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, will discretely monitor the person’s activities and provide you with a full report. In these situations information gives you the power to intervene. Contact Us today

10 signs your loved one may have an addiction

If you notice your loved one displaying a number of the signs and symptoms listed below, it may be time to consider addiction as the cause.

1. Secretive behaviour. Addicts will often go to great lengths to cover up their problem, lying and deceiving even those closest to them. If you notice increasingly secretive behaviour and lying, it may be time to delve deeper.

2. Financial strain in spite of reasonable income. Addictions are costly to maintain. If your loved one is employed but constantly ‘broke’ and can’t really explain what they are spending their money on, an addiction may be the cause.

3. Moodiness and sudden changes in behaviour. If your loved one isn’t behaving the way they normally would, is experiencing mood swings or periods of depression or lethargy, an addiction may be to blame.

4. Quitting hobbies or interests. If your loved one stops doing the things that previously gave them pleasure such as hobbies or sporting activities, it could be because their addiction is taking over their lives and they no longer have the time or inclination for the interests which once gave them pleasure.

5. Signs of withdrawal. This is particularly relevant to drug and alcohol addictions. Addicts may try to give up on their own or they might not be able to get access to the object of their addiction whether it be a drug or a poker machine. They may not be telling you about it, but the physical signs of withdrawal are difficult to hide.