How Private Investigators Can Assist in Troubled Times
In recent years, the landscape of relationships in the United Kingdom has been changing, with divorce rates on the rise. The introduction of no-fault divorces has sped up the whole process too, and now it’s easier than ever for couples with relationship problems to end their marriage.
A study conducted by Divorce-Online, one of the country’s leading filers of divorce applications, has shed light on the regions where divorce is most prevalent.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the towns and cities with the highest divorce rates in the UK, and offer advice on how a private investigator can offer assistance when divorce is either on the cards or already underway and causing issues.
The Top 10 Towns and Cities with the Highest Divorce Rates
The study, conducted by Divorce Online, looked at how many people had sought a divorce petition with the website compared against population data.
Divorce Online handles around 5% of divorces in the UK, so it has a reasonable dataset – by multiplying their own data volumes by 20, they were able to get an assumed accurate representation of the country as a whole.
And in their data, Alfreton is the UK town with the highest divorce rate. While only around 200 divorce applications were made, that’s in a town with an adult population of only 8,000, meaning that there is a presumed divorce rate of 1 in 40.
Here’s how the full top 10 looked:
- Alfreton (population 8,000) – 1 in 40 divorce rate
- Epping (population 8,500) – 1 in 140 divorce rate
- Newark (population 24,000) – 1 in 240 divorce rate
- Loughborough (population 54,000) – 1 in 245 divorce rate
- Ashford (population 62,000) – 1 in 258 divorce rate
- Brierley Hill (population 11,500) – 1 in 258 divorce rate
- Didcot (population 26,500) – 1 in 330 divorce rate
- Stockton-on-Tees (population 66,000) – 1 in 367 divorce rate
- Swindon (population 182,000) – 1 in 414 divorce rate
- Colchester (population 150,000) – 1 in 500 divorce rate
While the study continues to include the remainder of the top 20 cities, what’s interesting (as a north-west based private investigator) is that the vast majority of the top towns and cities were located elsewhere in the country, with the Midlands, the East of England and the South being the home of the highest divorce rates in the country.
How Private Investigators Can Offer Support in Divorce Proceedings
Divorce is a challenging and emotionally charged process, and individuals often find themselves facing uncertainties regarding their partner’s fidelity, financial honesty, or compliance with child support agreements. Private investigators can play a crucial role in assisting individuals navigating divorce proceedings.
Here are just some of the ways that a private investigator may be of use to you if you’re considering divorce or you’ve already undergone the process:
Suspicions of a cheating partner can be emotionally distressing, but once they are confirmed they are often the first step to divorce proceedings. Not all marriages end because of infidelity, and not all cases of infidelity even cause a marriage to end – everyone is different. But cheating is, for most people, a line that can’t be crossed.
If you have any concerns that your partner might be cheating, it’s best to get confirmation before you begin divorce proceedings. Private investigators can discreetly gather evidence to either confirm or allay these fears, providing clients with the clarity they need to make informed decisions.
It’s best to have a definitive answer, because if your suspicions are unfounded, you may have a salvageable marriage with some communication – it may be that they’re just a bit more distant for other reasons.
The legal aspect of divorce proceedings requires accurate and timely serving of divorce papers. Private investigators are adept at ensuring the proper and legally-binding delivery of such documents, facilitating the legal process.
It’s really important to make sure that your divorce papers are served on time, and that you know they’ve been served correctly, if you think your partner is not going to agree to the divorce. Your solicitor will typically handle this for you, but they may employ a private investigator to do it for you.
At EJM Investigations, we fully understand how to correctly serve people, and also how to find someone who is being evasive. If they think they can hide from the reality of their divorce, we’ll make sure the papers end up in their hands so that proceedings can continue.
Once a divorce is underway or complete, you may not have completely ended all communication with your former partner. If there is a financial agreement in place for yourself or for any children, you may need to remain in touch.
Unfortunately, some people like to lie about their circumstances in order to keep payments to a minimum. They may claim to be living alone with higher expenses, so that they don’t need to give you as much money, even if they’ve already moved into a home with a new partner or with family.
In cases where separated partners claim to live alone but may be violating child support agreements or financial arrangements, surveillance services can be employed to verify the accuracy of such claims. This ensures fair and just financial settlements, since we’re able to capture evidence that you can present to the relevant authorities so that you get the money you are owed.
Contact EJM Investigations for Assistance
If you find yourself at a crossroads in your relationship or are already navigating the complexities of divorce, EJM Investigations is here to help you. Our team of skilled private investigators can provide the support and information you need to make informed decisions during these challenging times.
Whether you need our help with something related to your divorce, or about any of our services, call us at 01772 334700 to discuss your concerns and explore how our services can help you move forward.