About the Author

Diana Shepherd, CDFA®

Diana Shepherd has over 30 years of experience as a marketing, branding, SEO, copywriting, editing, and publishing expert. As Content Director for Family Lawyer Magazine, Divorce Magazine, and Divorce Marketing Group, she oversees all corporate content development and frequently creates SEO-friendly videos, podcasts, and copy for family law and financial firms. The Co-Founder of Divorce Magazine and Divorce Marketing Group, Diana is an award-winning editor, published author, and a nationally recognized expert on divorce, remarriage, finance, and stepfamily issues. She has written hundreds of articles geared towards both family law professionals and divorcing people, and she has both performed and taught on-page SEO for 20+ years. Diana spent eight years as the Marketing Director for the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts® (IDFA®), and she has been a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® since 2006. While at IDFA, she wrote, designed, and published The IDFA Marketing Guide, and she also created seminars for CDFA professionals to present to family lawyers (approved for CLE), as well as to separated and divorcing individuals. She has represented both DMG and IDFA at industry conferences and events across North America, and she has given marketing as well as divorce financial seminars at many of those conferences.


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    Tom Ware

    One of our most common requests in Austin and San Antonio is to determine if a spouse is violating a court order forbidding them from having an overnight guest of the opposite sex when separated, while the children are present. Family law professionals all know that this kind of misbehavior is awful for children to deal with and that a judge will likely be unforgiving (usually with or without an actual court order that specifically forbids it). Expect a similar result if a spouse is found drinking with the kids in the car. – you win your case and likely your ex-spouse will have limited access to the children, not to mention that it is also a criminal offense.

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    Private Detective Agency

    Very good.

    All the best.

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    Insurance Investigator

    Nice article.

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    Are you able to figure out where hundreds of calls are coming from ( that are utilizing same Chicago number) but called from LI? Threats and sexual harassment and masking diff telemarketing calls I unmasked through an app but only see Chicago no. On bill.. can’t be blocked but they could be using it by calling into it have a time frame and texts and over 5o calls a bill from April
    For safety not using real name

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    North Court Investigations

    Great article.Thanks for sharing the private investigator tricks trade. Very useful and informative ideas. Thanks for this wonderful article. Good job.

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    Sam Li

    I love what you said about technology being an investigative focus tool. Hiring a reliable private investigator is a good option for a variety of reasons. If I were to require such services, I would look for a private investigator with a stunning reputation.

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    Daphne Gilpin

    I like how you said that surveillance can be used in family law not only in cases of infidelity, but also in child custody matters. My sister has joint custody or her kids but is worried that they’re not being treated well when they stay with her ex. I’m glad I read your article because now I can talk to her and suggest she hire a private investigator.

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    Confidential Investigations

    Great Q&A’s on here regarding private investigations. Thanks for sharing!

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    Australian Institute of Public Safety

    I am so happy I found your blog; the information you have shared about private investigators is very useful. Thanks a lot for this amazing blog!


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