Child Custody Issues/Investigations in Winnipeg. After the Discovery of an Affair.

Child Custody Issues/Investigations

The Discovery of the Affair can be a very emotional time for everyone. You have to decide whether or not you want to remain in the marriage. It is difficult for many spouses because they have lost the ability to trust their partner and they are angry.

I always encourage my clients to consult with a lawyer and truly think about your children during the process because they are listening and observing the situation. Try to solve the problem rationally and separate your emotions and bitterness from the issue. Do not allow your anger that you may have against your ex-spouse to cloud your decision-making or judgment. Focus on making reasonable decisions that are in the best interests of your children. Legal issues of separation, custody, access and parenting are decided by these very basic principles when Judges make their decisions when considering what is in the best interests of your children. Children need both parents and it is very rare today that a Judge will award sole custody to one parent, unless there is significant and reliable evidence that the other parent is not fit.

Our role in these types of family matters is to gather relevant evidence for court purposes, in the event that you have concerns that your ex-spouse may be abusing alcohol, drugs or involved in any illegal activity while your child or children are in his/her care. If he/she was physically or mentally abusive during the marriage, we will investigate their history to establish if this was a pattern in past relationships. However, keep in mind that the evidence of the past is not as significant but may give you some peace of mind, particularly when your spouse blamed you for his/her actions.

We also get involved in family matters when you suspect your spouse is violating a certain provision of an order pronounced by the presiding Judge. For instance, if the Judge has ordered one party to abstain from drinking alcohol 24 hours prior to an access visit and you suspect that your ex is not abiding by this condition, we will conduct a surveillance to ascertain their activities 24 hours prior to the visit. We will also monitor your children during an access visit, if you have serious concerns about the welfare of your children, particularly if the other parent has a new significant person in their life. We are often asked by our clients to investigate the family background of another person, particularly if this person is living with your ex.

I will often hear that the police become involved when one party files a criminal complaint. The other party will claim the complaint was made maliciously and without merit. If one party lays a complaint of abuse to the police and the police have reasonable and probable grounds to lay a charge, they must do so, under the zero-tolerance policy of domestic abuse in Manitoba. We will also carry out an investigation to ascertain the credibility of the allegations and further investigate, if you say the complaint was false. When the level of threshold of evidence is low, the likelihood of false allegations is higher because all it takes is for one person to lay a complaint and police do not have to investigate the motives or the credibility of the person that made the complaint.

If you require an experienced investigation firm, our team of investigators will assist you in gathering the necessary evidence for court.   We are the longest founding investigation firm in Manitoba.   We may be reached at (204) 233-3439 or toll free at 1-877-233-2002.   In the alternative, you may reach us at duncaninvestigations@mts.net.

 

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Private Investigations in Winnipeg, Manitoba: Adultery and Divorce.

Adultery and Divorce.

In order to file for a divorce in Canada, one spouse must prove there is a breakdown in the marriage. There are three areas that the courts will consider to be a marriage breakdown. They are as follows:

1. If you and your spouse have been living separate and apart for one year or more;

2. If one spouse committed adultery;

3. Mental or physical cruelty that was too intolerable to remain in the marriage.

We help families in crisis when they suspect their spouse is having an affair. It is difficult to prove adultery.  In order to prove adultery, we would have to show that your spouse engaged in sexual intercourse outside of the marriage. If your spouse admitted to adultery, that would be recognized by the courts as evidence, providing the spouse signed an Affidavit admitting to the adultery.

Generally, we are hired in these circumstances to provide peace of mind to our client, so that they can deal with the issue with their spouse, particularly when the person having an affair denies it. We will follow them and provide physical evidence of their activities along with a detailed report. This report can be filed as an exhibit, if we find evidence that is relevant to any future court proceedings. We will sign an Affidavit on your behalf. This Affidavit will form part of the court proceedings and therefore may be subject to cross-examination by the opposing lawyer. We have testified in many court cases over the years.

Call us today at (204) 233-3439.

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Please be advised that we are making the public aware of a company that charged $2500.00 to carry out an ethical cell phone hack which should only cost about $125.00  This company just started their business in 2015.  In fact, this company called us in the summer about the technology.  Please call us at (204) 233-3439 or 1-877-233-2002.  We have been in the industry for 28 years.   We can assure you that our prices with respect to this type of investigation are very reasonable.   Buyer Be Aware.

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Why choose Duncan Investigations Inc.?

DUNCAN INVESTIGATIONS INC., is an international investigation firm committed to the highest standards in the industry and our success is measured by the results that we achieve for our clients.

 

Our Competitive Advantage

Unparalleled experience – We are longest-serving and founding investigation company in Manitoba.

Innovative:  We are able to address your concerns immediately.   Our results are fast because we have streamlined the process of case management by assigning an experienced investigator immediately to your file.   The investigator will communicate with you regularly throughout the assignment.

Value-added Service:  We are focused on the end result with each assignment.  This is what sets us apart from our competitors.  We grow by exceptional customer service.

Advanced Technology:   We are constantly researching and providing the latest technology to surpass our competition.

Cost effective:  We have local and international coverage without the high overhead costs.

Availability:  We are available 24/7 to serve our clients and do what it takes to get the assignment completed.

Our local phone number is (204) 233-3439.  Our-toll free number is 1-877-233-2002.  Email us at duncaninvestigations@mts.net.   Our website address is http://www.duncaninvestigations.com

 

The Discovery of an Affair – The Affair Snare

Affairs are never planned.  They usually happen when two people are in an environment when they spend considerable time together which can occur at the office, during extra-curricular activities, with friends, conferences or outings with friends.    Within all of these connections, there is one thing that is very common.  Affairs are very discreet.

Elaine, not her real name of course was a middle-aged woman.   She had been married to her husband for thirty years.  It was a difficult marriage and like most marriages,  it was not perfect.

Elaine was a stay-at-home mom that enjoyed raising her three children, all of whom were married with children of their own.   Elaine and her husband lived in a modest home in the city.    Her husband was on the road frequently for his business.  When he was not on the road, they were heavily involved in their church activities.

One day, when Elaine was going through her husband’s drawer, she noticed some unusual transactions on his credit card statements.  These transactions seemed to be consistent over time but she was unable to connect the business to any legitimate business while carrying out her own detective work.   She had suspicions that her husband was having an affair, but had no proof.  Their intimacy was non-existent.

Elaine struggled with the thought of him having an affair and when she asked him outright, he denied it and told her that she was crazy.   Elaine was not crazy.  When we began our investigation, the entity on the credit card was listed to one of the sleazy massage parlours in the city.   So we carried on and discovered that her husband was a regular customer.   He visited the parlour in the early morning hours.   We do not know what went on behind the closed doors, but we later met with Elaine to report our findings and evidence.   She was devastated and felt a tremendous sense of betrayal which is very common. There was more devastating news.    When Elaine saw the doctor, she was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease.   She said she was loyal to her spouse throughout the marriage but it would appear that a mistake in one or more encounters, affected her life forever.  She later divorced him.

It is not unusual to experience anger in the healing process.   This is quite common.  Mistresses or sexual partners are never special people because the relationship is built upon discreet encounters behind doors.  It is not a real relationship because real relationships are based on trust and love.   Don’t blame yourself but learn to stand on your own feet and consider all the wonderful blessings in your life and you decide what is good for you.

iPhone and Android Data Recovery and Discovery Investigations.

Is your spouse sleeping with their iPhone?  Do they take their iPhone with them to the shower?    Are they discreetly texting all hours in the presence of family members, spending hours at the computer when you are sleeping?  Are they saying they are working late but when you drive by the office, the car is not at the usual spot.   Has your sexual intimacy decreased or possibly increased and has your spouse learned some new moves?  Has their personal hygiene improved?  Are they looking really good?  Have they lost a considerable amount of weight?  Are they buying new clothes?  Are they working out more?  When they come home, do you smell a different cologne or perfume on their clothes?  Are you receiving unusual hang-up calls at home from a private number?  Has their behavior changed drastically?   Do you have an unusual intuition that something is not right in your relationship?  Do they become angry and defensive when you confront your spouse if they are having an affair? Has your best friend been avoiding you and is not answering your calls?  Is your partner distancing themselves from the relationship or marriage at home?   Are they spending a considerable amount of time outside the home at certain times during the week?   These are some of the tell-tale signs of an affair.

We will investigate and retrieve all data and images from their phone at a reasonable price.   This includes any deleted data.   We do require the written consent of the person that has ownership of the iPhone or Android Phone.

Workplace Incidents & Investigations

At Duncan Investigations Inc., we carry out workplace incidents and investigations in accordance with the respective provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations.

As part of our involvement, we set policies and procedures of workplace investigations in conjunction with the legislation.  We are prepared to take on the investigation, in the event of an accident, illness, dangerous occurrence or death of an employee at your place of work.   We have specialized and standard data base forms that are specifically developed to guide the investigation, including a communication and execution plan.

When an incident occurs, we will secure the scene, evaluate the scene, gather the physical evidence, preserve the material evidence, gather any necessary documentary records and carry out witness interviews.

As part of our investigation, we collect the evidence, analyze the evidence, prepare a report and make specific recommendations for corrective action.  This report will include an analysis of the direct cause/s, indirect cause/s and root cause/s based on the facts in order to prevent similar incidents from happening.

We also have extensive experience conducing job safety analysis for employers to help them respond proactively, instead of reacting to accidents by carrying out investigations.

Our ultimate goal is to help organizations educate themselves to prevent serious accidents from occurring by identifying hazards before they occur.

What employers should know about employees abusing workers compensation benefits in Manitoba.

We are receiving an increasing number of cases from agencies and corporations who suspect their employee is abusing the Worker’s Compensation Program in Manitoba.

If you suspect your employee is exaggerating his/her injury and you have video evidence from a third party to support your allegations, you will be required to provide the Special Investigations Unit  of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba with a “Third Party Video Questionnaire”.     This questionnaire outlines the process that is required to submit third party video images to the Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB) from an external party.   This source of the video image will have to provide permission for the use of the evidence.   The Special Advisor from “WCB” will review the evidence to ensure it is relevant, accurate, verifiable and credible.   If this evidence is sufficient, then the Special Advisor will forward this material to the manager or adjudicator handling the file.   They may also conduct their own investigation at their discretion.   All investigations carried out by the Special Investigations Unit must be in compliant with their investigation policy.    If they are considering retaining their own investigators, they have policies with respect to how surveillance investigations are carried out.  If their investigation is inconclusive, then the results are not contained in the claimant’s file.   For example, if “WCB” carried out an investigation by one of their own investigators that did not uncover anything relevant, this information would not be permitted in the claimant’s file.   However, if the results were conclusive, the claimant is entitled to review and respond to the outcome of an investigation and view any video footage obtained by the investigators that are hired by “WCB”.

If you suspect an employee is engaging in program abuse by witness accounts,  you can make a complaint to “WCB” by filing an investigation request form to be provided to the manager handling the “WCB” file.   It is important to provide as much information as possible, including the date of the complaint, all identifying characteristics of the party you are complaining about, including your relationship to the subject matter.  If the complaint demonstrates reasonable grounds of program abuse, an investigation may be carried out by “WCB”.   The discretion will depend solely on their decision based upon all the information that was provided in the complaint.   The results of any investigation carried out by “WCB” will only be disclosed to the employer, if the matter is under review or appealed.

If the “WCB” rules in favor of the claimant in a benefits decision, the employer is entitled to make a “Request for Review” of a decision and the adjudicator will advise you of this right in their decision.   If “WCB” rules against the claimant, the claimant is also entitled to the same process.

At this stage in the review, any new evidence will be considered for review. Therefore, if you are an employer and wish to undertake your own investigation, it would not be unreasonable to do so.

As part of our investigation, we will conduct a three day surveillance investigation on the claimant to establish their activities and provide video evidence.   The employer will have thirty (30) days from the date of the review request to provide the new evidence.   The claimant is entitled to review the evidence provided by the employer when the matter is under review.    The claimant will have fifteen (15) days to respond.    The new evidence that we provide the employer can only be used for the Review Office.

The Special Investigations Unit has no jurisdiction to review or obtain a copy of any of our findings that are under review because our investigation is carried out for the sole purposes of the review process.     Special Investigators or Special advisors of “WCB” carry out investigations for offenses under the Worker Compensation Board Act.   They report to the Director of Legal Services in Manitoba but when we carry out the investigation for the Review, acting on behalf of the employer, we are doing so as a civil matter.

The Review Office process is guided by an independent and impartial review of the file.  They will evaluate all the evidence relevant to the issue, including any new evidence and these decisions are based upon the merits of each case.  There are no hearings held at this stage of the review.   It is a very informal process and you can appeal any decision made at this stage.

Please visit our web site at http://www.duncaninvestigations.com.  Any questions, please email duncaninvestigations@mts.net

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