“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

There are more than 2.7 million children in the United States being raised by their grandparents. Approximately 40% of them due to the substance abuse problems of one or both parents, and another 28% of them because of neglect, abandonment or abuse by one or both parents. Experts estimate that for every child currently in the foster care system, there are about 25 children who are being raised by their grandparents or extended family. As the opioid crisis continues to ravage communities across the U.S., more grandparents are seeking full or partial child custody. Grandparents can be concerned for their grandchild’s safety and well-being for a number of reasons, including one or both parents history of alcohol or drug abuse, history of child neglect and lack of stability. In a situation of grandparent seeking custody of their grandchild, hiring a private investigator can help.

Factors a PI Can Investigate for Grandparents Seeking Child Custody

The courts have a list of certain factors they consider when deciding what is in the best interest of the child in a child custody case. Several of those factors are things a PI can investigate and gather documentation or evidence on for presentation in court. Here are a few of those factors a PI can investigate:

Ways a PI Can Help

There are a few specific ways a private investigator can help gather the evidence and documentation needed for a grandparent to seek custody based on the factors above.

For many grandparents, choosing to seek custody of their grandchild is not an easy decision. The evidence gathered by a PI not only helps in court but can also reaffirm for the grandparents whether they are making the right decision for the safety and well-being of their grandchild.