When an client hires a private investigator for matrimonial surveillance, they’re typically worried about their partner’s actions and the possibility that they’re being cheated on.

In some cultures, where arranged marriages take place, there are clients asking investigators to step in even earlier.

To clarify, what is an arranged marriage?

An arranged marriage is one that is planned in advance and set up, usually by the bride and groom’s parents, with their consent. It is not the same as a forced marriage, which is illegal in the UK and involves a non-consenting bride or groom.

Why are private investigators being asked to get involved?

Brides, grooms and their parents, as you might expect, want the best from any marriage. An arranged marriage might be planned more than most, but ultimately its suitability depends on the happiness of everyone involved.

Now, it’s reported that an increasing number of clients are asking for pre-matrimonial surveillance, rather than matrimonial surveillance. The checks prior to the marriage might ensure that someone’s been honest about their assets, and might also include background checks. In addition, some private investigators are being asked to track and monitor the potential groom or bride, to check their behaviours and routines. This information can be particularly useful when the bride and groom haven’t yet met, as is often the case before an arranged marriage takes place.

A growing number of brides and grooms are seeking to learn more about potential partners with the help of private investigation companies. This can help to avoid entering into a marriage with someone that hasn’t been honest about their financial status, or about any other aspect of their life. Pre-matrimonial surveillance can also involve checking someone’s fidelity – if they’re about to enter an arranged marriage, how are they behaving with other people and are they still flirting when out and about?
As well as the brides and grooms, pre-matrimonial surveillance is being set up by concerned relatives including parents and siblings.

When there are other family members having a say in the marriage, and when it’s not based on a couple having known each other for years, it can be argued that traditional matrimonial surveillance might be taking place too late.

Understandably, the pre-matrimonial surveillance industry is a growing one!

To find about more about surveillance services and background checks offered by EJM Investigations, call us on 01772 334 700.