As a parent, you want to make sure that your child is being taken care of properly. But sometimes it can be difficult to gauge how your child is faring when they are not always under your roof. Whether you’re going through a divorce, or are already involved in a child custody dispute, our compassionate, dedicated team is on hand to serve you. We offer thorough, dependable child custody investigations designed to give you the answers and peace of mind you need and deserve.

Our team of private investigators understand the delicate situation and special needs of clients entrenched in custody battles. Many of our team are parents also, and the service is close to our hearts.

We help guide you, even down to the details of how to properly conduct yourself on social media while going through a custody battle.

— Andy Kay, Owner of K&A

What can you do for me as a parent in the middle of a custody case?

This is a very big question with many ways to answer to it. We do custody cases daily, as they are a major issue for so many of our clients, in Los Angeles. We do work in other states for clients in the middle of custody battles. A lot of our clients are either fighting for their rights as parents, fighting to see their children, or needing to get child support from a parent lying about income. We get hired to prove one parent is unfit or completely ignoring the child’s wellbeing. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in the middle of cases where one parent has an undiagnosed mental illness or where the parent is not taking their prescribed medication for a mental illness, and we are having to show crazy behavior that is often hidden behind closed doors of a home.

We get involved in a so many convoluted cases that are hard to prove or capture on camera because lawyers don’t have the abilities that we do to investigate. A lawyer’s job is to represent a client and work for them in court and in front of a judge. A lot of people mistakenly think that an attorney does all the background searches (sometimes they do their own background searches, but they are not the same as ours) but the truth is, many attorneys hire us to do the investigation, so that they can take that information and build their case with it. The clients that have the most success in court are usually the ones that have a lawyer as well as a good private investigator. As messed up this may sound (because it’s not cheap to hire both), it’s how the court systems have evolved and the truth is often something you have to pay for in order to “prove it.”

Some common reasons I get hired in a custody case…

  • Mother is refusing the let the father see the child
  • Father hasn’t paid child support and is secretly working and making money
  • Parent’s accuse each other of illegal activity to take the child away from the other
  •  Finding absent fathers for child support
  • Help the father get access to a child when the mother makes false accusations that then must be proved untrue
  • One parent has mental illness and is making the father and childrens’ lives difficult
  • New romantic partners or living situations that one parent doesn’t think is fit for the child
  • Investigate persons involved in a case, caretakers, nannies, babysitters, professionals
  • Expose parents who are leaving children with others while supposedly in care of the children
  • Find children that have been absconded with by a mother/father
  • Monitor activity of one parent to ensure childrens’ safety while in care of that parent
  • Provide expert testimony

I couldn’t name so many more reasons, but these are some of the most common. Child custody cases are the most challenging for me, not because they have a highly level of difficulty, but because I care. I hate to see kids suffer or have a traumatic childhood because a parent is absent or mentally ill or simply unfit to be a parent. It’s tough to “leave it at the office” because I find myself thinking about it on my off-time. Maybe that’s what makes me better at my job, and maybe that’s just because I really value family. As a family man, myself, it’s hard to not get emotionally involved, especially when there’s these innocent children stuck in the middle of a nasty custody battle where they are exposed to so much discussion and events they shouldn’t have to be dealing with. I feel like the family court system is overloaded and completely backed up with cases and failing the children and good parents involved.

I was downtown LA at the Stanley Mosk Family Courthouse one day and heard an attorney say, “you know who you’re marrying, but you never know who you’re going to divorce” and I feel like that really translates into custody battles; you think you know the person you’re having children with, but far too often it’s not the case. When love grows cold it seems to bleed into the kids being used as weapons against the other partner. And kids are a very powerful weapon to wield because good parents will do whatever it takes for their kids. This means that a parent will put up with a lot, and so much so that it gets them into a situation where the judge says, “Oh, all this has happened and you’re just now saying something?” So, at that point it looks like lovers quarrels or simply power plays against the other party when the truth of what has been going on is very ugly. That’s when I come is as the private investigator.

It’s my job to make sure the truth is discovered, proved, and documented. Sometimes I have to come into the actual court appointment for my clients and give expert testimony. This is usually an all-day job because you never know when you will actually get called into court; even though the client may have an appointed time in court, that time very often gets pushed later into the day. The client needs me there for the appointment, though, sometimes because as a licensed professional, my words and testimony may tip the case. Judges tend to rely on professionals’ testimony especially amidst bickering parents or families taking sides in the case.

For these sorts of cases, we may provide multiple services to a client, including surveillance, background searches, social media investigations, interviews, license plate searches, person/address locates, expert testimony, and asset searches. We get hired by attorneys working for one side of the family and we also get hired directly from the family. Sometimes a parent gets a recommendation from a friend who had hired us and sometimes someone simply googled “best family private investigator LA” or sometimes someone came across our blog decided to call us from there. However, we get found and hired, we always start the same way: with a phone call, intake, and getting to know the client’s story and situational needs.

If you are in the middle of a custody battle, please don’t try to do it alone…there’s so much you don’t know that I do and I can help you with. There will be options you have that you didn’t even know were options, and I often help guide my clients with their cases since I have done this for over 30 years. Don’t be the person on the other side that lost opportunity with their children because they thought they could do it alone. The courts are complicated, and I understand that.

At Kay and Associates Investigations, we understand that matters relating to child custody are both sensitive and emotional. We also know that a lot is riding on the information we are able to gather and provide. After all, nothing is more important than your child’s safety and well-being, and to that end, we work tirelessly to get you the answers you are after to take the appropriate next steps. Don’t spend days and nights worrying about your child. Get the information you need to pursue your child custody matter with our in-depth investigation services.