I know my x is doing drugs and his girlfriend who he is living with is as well and known for being a pill popper. They are awful and unsafe couple. He is taking me to court to try and get rights to our son ( he is currently not on the birth certificate ) can I hire a detective to bring up his and his girlfriends past and present actions and use that in court against him??
Maybe yes, maybe no. There is the first question of whether it is relevant and the related question of whether it will be admissible to consider.
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You can certainly try. More importantly, you need to get an attorney to assist you if you don't already have one. If you already have one, talk to your attorney about hiring a detective. Use the "find a lawyer" button above.
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Before you hire a detective--you should hire an attorney. Whether and how to spend money in a litigation is something you and your attorney should talk about together. Your attorney will be able to evaluate all the facts and circumstances in your case and then analyze whether the evidence you hope to have a private investigator gather will be meaningful enough to justify the cost. You can find attorneys in your area by searching among the profiles here on Avvo. Good luck!
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