7 tips for investigating cohabitation with spousal maintenance
Research cohabitation for spousal maintenance, we are happy to give you 7 tips. As a specialist, we are happy to show you how a certain research is done or what is important in doing so. Do you suspect that your ex-partner has a new relationship and is also living with it? Would you like to reduce partner alimony to nil or stop paying spousal alimony completely? Then first read the article below about the tips you should take into account.
In most cases, our customers receive information or tips from third parties:
We call these 'signals', which leads to the suspicion that the ex-partner, to whom you undoubtedly pay (too) much partner maintenance, has a new partner and is living with him without informing you. But is that really so?
The following simple tips for a cohabitation investigation and help with what you need to do and know to prove the ex's cohabitation with the new relationship.
Tip 1. First ask yourself whether you actually live together.
Of course it may be that people in your environment report this, that even the children indicate this or that it is simply online. Don't just go along with this. It may be that the ex-partner has a new relationship but that they are not yet living together as such.
Start by carefully checking the agreements you made with your ex-partner in the divorce agreement. For example, does it state that the ex-partner is allowed to live together on a trial basis? Is there a specific deadline in which this must be reported? After that, it is advisable to at least start saving this data in what we call a logbook.
Tip 2. Research cohabitation in terms of homework.
There are many parties in the Netherlands that can help you with thorough research into spousal maintenance. Always do your homework on how this works exactly and don't let it drive you crazy. These kinds of investigations are extremely difficult and without the thorough knowledge, they have no chance in court.
Tip 3. Make use of a party with a lot of experience in this area
This step will certainly confirm what you may already suspect. Never immediately write to your ex-partner, do your own research (this is not independent) or just have an entire investigation done. This gives you a good chance that you will 'throw away' money for nothing. A good specialist will always want to conduct a preliminary investigation first to check whether the suspicions are correct and whether they are indeed the case living with a new partner.
Tip 4. Make use of a party with a lot of experience in this area
If a preliminary investigation shows that the situation lends itself to a full partner maintenance investigation, do not hesitate and have this carried out. Check for yourself (as far as this is possible, of course) whether the specialist knows exactly what to do in terms of recording and that this is done in accordance with the legal guidelines. Unfortunately, it often happens that an engaged agency merely observes and makes a report without knowing exactly what a partner alimony investigation entails.
So ensure yourself of a solid specialist who:
If a specialist is involved in the cohabitation investigation, we recommend that you find a lawyer who specializes in these types of family law cases and has experience with this type of investigative reports.
Tip 5. Actively participate in the investigation and request regular updates.
Of course, the information you receive is very important. Share this information with the specialist at all times and as soon as possible, as there may be important issues in between. Also ask for regular updates so that you stay informed of the progress and planning.
Hint 6. Consult with the specialist and lawyer about further strategy after completion of the investigation.
When the investigation has been completed and you have received all the necessary documents, consult with the lawyer about the strategy to achieve a reduction.
Usually the following steps are used:
Hint 7. Very important: do not do it yourself but consult a specialist to handle it.
In short: if you want to reduce spousal maintenance, preferably to nil, always go through these 7 tips and make sure you get sound advice before you do anything further. Patience is a virtue and you usually only get one chance to get it right.
Do you need specific advice? Then don't hesitate and give us a call 020-3698888.
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