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Find the Right Care for Your Child

If you’re trying to get the legal right to care for your child, you’ll be asked to provide evidence of any claims that you make. It can be challenging to get this on your own, and you might be worried that, without it, the courts will make the wrong decision about their welfare.

We’re a private detective agency that specialises in child custody investigations. Over the past 20 years, we’ve developed intelligence-gathering strategies that have helped parents prove that their children are best-off in their care. We pride ourselves on delivering results, so we only gather evidence that you can use to guarantee the welfare of your children

In child custody investigation case doesn’t have winners or losers. For us, the only successful outcome is when we’ve helped you to make sure your children are safe and feel loved. We know how difficult it is to have your children caught in the middle of a custody battle. We’ll treat you with compassion and dignity, and we’ll support you every step of the way.

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What is Custody?

“Child custody” is a legal term for the relationship between an adult and a child in their care. A married couple usually has joint legal and physical custody, meaning that each parent has equal rights and responsibilities when making decisions about the child’s welfare. Custody can become an issue in a divorce or separation of the parents or in the event of the death of the parents.

Childcare arrangements can take many different forms. If there has been a formal legal proceeding, the custody agreement is usually outlined in a court document called a Child Arrangement Order. The outcomes discussed in this document will affect how much child support one parent has to pay. Here are some of the different ways an arrangement order  can describe custody:

Legal custody.

This is the right to make decisions on your children’s behalf. It includes giving consent to medical treatments and choosing where they go to school.

Physical custody.

Also called “residency,” this describes the living arrangements. If you are awarded residency, you’re responsible for the day-to-day care of the children, like providing them with food, clothes and shelter. 

Sole custody.

This is when only one parent has charge of a child. Sole legal custody is when only one person has the right to make decisions about the child’s welfare. A sole residency arrangement means the child lives with you most of or all the time. If you have sole legal and physical responsibilities, you have “full custody” of the child. Even if you have this, the other parent usually still has some rights, like visitation.

Joint custody.

This is when both parents share care responsibilities. In joint legal custody, each parent has equal rights on making decisions on the child’s behalf. Joint residency, colloquially referred to as “50 50 Child Custody” in the UK, is when the child spends the same amount of time at each parent’s home.

Split custody.

This is when siblings are separated in a custody arrangement. Custody of one or more children is granted to one parent, while the other parent is responsible for the other children.

Child Custody Investigation


People ask for our help because a custody agreement is either in progress or has concluded with an unsatisfactory outcome. Clients usually contact us because they don’t think the other parent is fulfilling their responsibilities.

Gathering Evidence

We can conduct surveillance, background checks, and tracing to gather evidence that the other parent is:

    • Leaving the child unattended for amounts of time that are inappropriate for their age.
    • Spending time away from the child, leaving them in the care of people who aren’t involved in the custody arrangements or with people who might even pose a danger to the child.
    • Using drugs or abusing alcohol. Not only will the incapacitation of a parent put the child in physical danger, but early exposure to substance misuse also puts the child at an increased risk of developing problems with addiction in the future.
    • Engaging in criminal activity.
    • Lying about their ability to make child maintenance payments.
    • Unable to provide adequate care because of physical or mental illness.
    • Otherwise endangering, abusing, or neglecting the child.

If you suspect any of the above, it’s crucial that you get evidence. Please get in touch with us for a free consultation. We’re non-judgemental and happy to help you in any way we can.

Please see the NSPCC’s website for more information on drug use and child custody in the UK.

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If you want to challenge the outcome of a court-mandated arrangement, you might need to prove that circumstances have changed or present evidence not previously heard. We can get you the proof you need to apply to the courts for a Child Custody Modification. You might have reservations about hiring a private investigator in a child custody investigation battle. We understand how difficult it can be to reach out to us. We assure you that our service is confidential, discreet, and professional. We will do whatever we can to make sure that your child is safe and happy. 


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