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How Family Law Firms Can Use Public Records Search Engines

Negotiating the dark waters of divorce and custody is tricky, but the right legal research software can make the difference between sailing smoothly to a resolution or getting hung up on snags and rocks. During the aura of anxiety created by the divorce drama, your client is sailing into uncharted waters, cut loose from the security of the once familiar family unit, and left to drift into uncertainty. And if that isn’t painful enough, when children are involved, the need to protect them exacerbates the situation. Now, the family is divided, and your client’s ex is building a new life, relationships with strangers, maybe moving to a new neighborhood and away from the comfort of mutual acquaintances. What about the children? Who will have access to them now? How stable is the ex? 

Determining the fitness of the parents is crucial to ensuring the well-being of the children. Which parent is the most responsible? Does either parent have past brushes with the law? Do both parents have encounters with the legal system? If yes, how serious? What about new partners the splintering parents may be involved with – the history of these additional players in the family will naturally bear close scrutiny.

As an attorney, you need to be fully aware of the history of all involved parties, and of any potential problems from relatives, associates, and significant others. The following five tips will help you sort out the storms of disintegrating family life and provide the best outcome for the children.

Custody Decisions Can Be Aided by Public Records Search Engines

This terrific tool provides the outline of the picture by revealing who is close to each party. Relevant data regarding the subject, as well as relatives and associates, is provided here. 

  • The age and contact information – address, phone number, and email – is provided for all the people in the relatives and associates list. 
  • The indicator field, if ticked off, depicts whether the subject has records under the asset, business, license, debt, and court record sections of the database. 
  • You can quickly begin to assess whether these indicators are helpful or hurtful. 

Aliases, address and phone histories, and other reported dates of birth are included to offer a well rounded record. 

Using Social Media Records as Evidence 

What are the true characteristics of the relationships your client has with his or her close friends and associates? What about your client’s ex – who does he or she associate with, and how? A social media search report may include social networking profiles, email addresses and phone numbers, as well as usernames, web sightings, screenshots, nicknames, family members, blog posts, and comments. 

  • This in-depth report brings nuance and shading to the outline of the Premium People Search.
  • Familiarize yourself with the actions of all parties involved, in their own environment, where they feel safe and may let down their guard. 
  • There is a potential goldmine to possibly use social media as evidence in court!

Combine the Real-Time Incarceration Records Search With the Criminal Package to Find Clues for History of All Parties 

Are there past offenses? If so, how serious are they? Is there a pattern indicating that the subject is a habitual offender, or does the record show the person has made the effort to change? These valuable tools will help assess the people involved. Include your client, as well – don’t take the chance of having opposing counsel unearth important details of your client’s history that he or she may have neglected to reveal to you. Forewarned is forearmed!

The Neighborhood Profile 

One feature in Tracers is the Neighborhood Profile which can fill in the final background details to complete the scene of the children’s new environment when they are with your client’s ex. 

  • Get acquainted with the unfamiliar surroundings and the people that populate them and accurately picture the living arrangements of the divergent family. 
  • This snapshot of a community will fill in the blanks with pertinent information which may include names, telephone numbers, and occupants of the surrounding homes. 
  • Nearby businesses will be identified as well. The children won’t have to be spirited off into the unknown; learn about the new neighbors before your children even meet them!

Utilize Debt, Eviction, and Foreclosure Searches to Complete Your Legal Research

 A good family law attorney will  frame the final picture by displaying the financial stability of the divorcing parents, and a good legal research software can help you uncover the unknowns so you can present the best case for your clients and their children.

  • Look back through the track record for red flags like evictions, judgements, and liens. 
  • Oftentimes, one parent may be more responsible with money management than the other – money is a common source of marital conflict – and the parent earning the highest wages might also be the most profligate spender! 
  • Sift through the resentment, rationalizations, and financial infidelity to draw accurate conclusions.

With the pointer data provided by Tracers, you can enter into divorce and custody negotiations with a solid grasp of crucial details to determine the safest environment for the children. The interwoven threads of current and historical data we provide will strengthen your case and give your client encouragement that he or she is taking the best course of action to guard the children’s safety, even when not physically together with the kids. Use our data to help your client and his or her children successfully navigate the churning seas of emotional distress, battling over custody and assets, and cognitive dissonance as the former spouses iron out a settlement compromise.  

Let Tracers help you set course for calmer waters and clearer skies by keeping you and your client informed. Drag secrets out into the light of day where they will be exposed and resolved. Understand the intricate details of the situation, instead of floundering in the dark. Have direction, purpose, and confidence that the children’s best interests are provided for. 

Our data will guide you and your client through the dissolution of the marriage and the arrangements that entails. Don’t do this alone – click here to get started and take Tracers with you or call us at 877.723.2689 today!

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