It is sad that people have children out of wedlock. In worse cases, the people involved hardly know each other. This was exactly the case when David Howe took to the stand on 22 November 2015. A woman who identified herself as Rebecca, filed an SAPCR (suit affecting the parent-child relationship) against David and according to the laws that govern parent-child lawsuits in Texas, she had a case. In Texas, prosecutors are serious on matters that deal with infidelity and parent-child lawsuits in general.
About David’s case
Family law generally involves cases to do with divorces, child upkeep and other family relationships. In most cases, there has to be a child/ children involved. For example, in David Howe’s case, he was accused of siring a child out of wedlock with Rebecca. While David had “forgotten” about the night, Rebecca argued her case.
Even with the best family law attorney, David (an accountant) had to pay for the child’s “exorbitant” expenses until he attained the legal age. As if that was not enough trouble for him, his legal wife Nina who lived in Lakeway Texas also filed for a divorce.
Most of the time than not, SAPCR cases bring shame to the family at hand and more so the alleged culprit. For example, in David’s case, while his attorney managed to reduce the amount he was to pay as his child’s upkeep charges, the shame still hang over his head. For the rest of his life he will have to deal with the stress that come from teasing and to make it worse, he now has two “families” that do not live with him. He incurs expenses while he does not receive any family love and enjoy family moments.
Are there other family law cases in Texas?
David Howe’s case is obviously not an isolated one. According to Dirk Ronald (a famous family law attorney), he handles over twenty such cases every year. This means that SAPCR cases are rampant and on the rise in Texas.
Parent-Child Lawsuits are rampant in Texas. Taking David Howe’s case as an example, people get children out of wedlock some of whom the “do not know” about until it is too late. While an attorney can fight your battle and reduce the charges levelled against you, you will still have to deal with the shame and possible divorce that may come as a result of the charges.
Law firms routinely use private detectives in many capacities. Some examples of cases where investigators might be utilized by attorneys include divorce, corporate espionage, personal injury, worker’s compensation, and accident-related issues.
Hiring a Private Investigator
In these cases, a law firm retains a PI to help them gather information and do their “leg work.” The investigator will likely be tasked with following and observing a person(s) of interest. They would research their background, see who they interact with, where they go, and document their actions.
Generally speaking, law firms employ investigators to gather evidence for them and perform the tasks attorneys do not have the time and/or training to do themselves. The length of time a PI follows and observes a subject can vary greatly, depending on the type of case and/or amount of evidence desired.
In many cases, the information gathered by these professionals may make or break a case for the law firm, especially if the case involves corporate matters or significant personal injury issues. Depending on what evidence the private detective gathers, it could result in a case being dismissed or a multimillion dollar settlement.
A prime example of a law firm using a Private Investigator might involve a case of corporate espionage. Case in point, a pharmaceutical company suspects they have a mole, who works for one of their competitors, within their ranks. The company is close to applying for FDA approval and wants to rush their product to market. However, there are rumors the company’s chief rival is working a similar drug and they suspect a mole might be relaying vital information to the competition that could enable the rival company to debut their drug on ahead of schedule.
Spy Vs. Spy
In this instance, a private detective like J.J. Gradoni could be retained by a law firm to determine if there is, in fact, a mole within the company. Then, they would also identify the mole as well as observe and document their actions. This information would be passed along to the law firm and/or client for their purposes.
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