How a Private Investigator Can Help in a Divorce Case

Divorce is in one of the most challenging emotional and personal issues that any adult can face. Imagine a situation wherein your former life partner is now a stranger who may be out to get what you have or take away what is rightfully yours. You certainly can use all the help that you can get to get the divorce over with so that you can move on with your life. Question is, can a private investigator help in a divorce case? Would it do you any good to hire a private investigator? The answer is yes! Below are some of the ways that a private investigator can help in a divorce case.

Uncover Information Regarding Support

Some may not want to pay the right amount of child or spousal support and may deliberately try to make his or her earnings look significantly lower than how much it truly is. For those who own businesses, they may take on more debts or delay collecting money owed to their business. For those who are employed, temporarily cutting hours will make it look like he or she is earning a lot less than their regular income. A private investigator can uncover all these tricks and bring the right information to light.

Find Evidence of Adultery or Any Other Misconduct

Although some areas may have laws for no-fault divorce wherein there is no need to present any evidence of misconduct or adultery for a divorce to push through, there are certain proceedings wherein marital misconduct must be proven beyond doubt such as in the case of having an adultery clause under a prenuptial agreement. For such cases, proving marital misconduct or adultery can result in more favourable terms for a spouse. Proving marital misconduct or adultery may also have a huge impact on child custody, spousal support, and other important agreements.

Check on Child Custody Issues

If a spouse suspects that his or her ex is involved in some activities that may harm their child, a private investigator can look into the matter and see if there is any cause for concern. The other spouse may be placed under surveillance to determine if there is child abuse, questionable behaviour, or use of illegal substances. The private investigator may also talk to neighbours and teachers if needed to gather evidence related to possibly changing child custody.

Help Find Hidden Assets

It is not uncommon to hire a private investigator if you suspect that your spouse is hiding money. Some may hide money and other assets while the marriage is still in good terms and some may start doing so just before filing for a divorce. Whatever the situation is, a private investigator can find hidden assets no matter how well they were hidden. For instance, some may hide money by lending it to a friend, some may buy property in a relative’s name, and some may funnel money to an offshore bank account. All of these leave trails that a private investigator can sniff out and bring out to the open.

Do you need to hire a private investigator to trail your cheating spouse, find hidden money, or just get clear answers for your peace of mind? Contact us anytime and we’ll try our best to help you with our private investigation services.

 

 

 

What Private Investigators Do and When You Should Hire One

There are so many reasons why people hire private investigators in Toronto and the GTA. The most popular reasons include finding information that is not easily obtained, finding a missing person, performing background searches, wanting to place someone under surveillance to eliminate or prove suspicions, and checking a company or person’s credibility. But are these all the things that a private investigator can do? Will a private investigator be able to help with other things? And how does one know when it is time to hire a private investigator versus trying to sleuth on his or her own?

Who Hires a Private Investigator?

Believe it or not, there are some people who have private investigators on permanent call. Some won’t even dream of contacting a private investigator unless it is a matter of really dire circumstances such as having a missing child or a similar situation. The thing is, whether you may need to hire a private investigator or not depends on the life you have and the things that happen to you. It is normal to hire a private investigator. If you’re worrying about overstepping boundaries, know that a professional private eye will only take jobs that are legal and ethical.

When to Hire a Private Investigator?

The best time to hire a private investigator is when you need one. Situations when a private investigator may be needed include:

  • Finding out if someone has been deceiving you
  • Having someone followed to verify or nullify information
  • Needing help with obtaining child custody
  • Conducting background checks on a business, company, or person
  • Checking credibility, location, or identity
  • Pre-screening a business partner or an applicant
  • Checking a possible investment opportunity
  • Researching a threat, crime, or wrongdoing
  • Finding the cause of an accident or damage and the persons who should be held responsible
  • Locating and recovering lost property
  • Debugging one’s office or home
  • Verifying claims (such as for insurance services)
  • Safeguarding your business assets, people, information, and premises
  • Accessing databases and public records
  • Interrogating a witness or investigating a crime
  • Seeking personal help

Private Investigator Services

Private investigators in Ontario offer a variety of private investigation services these days. This is because they have a myriad of skills that are useful for both law enforcement and private individuals. For example, an individual may not know how to access public records or to get data in a legal way that preserves its integrity in court, a private investigator can do that without any hitches. Another is wanting to make sure that a business or personal home is safe. Private investigators can check for possible areas of weaknesses and devise ways on how to make sure a business or one’s personal details are protected from prying eyes and dishonest people. Private investigators can also look for people and track them down. If you’re looking for birth parents, a missing person, a previous employee, a former business partner, or a runaway child, private investigators can find them for you without stepping on anyone’s right to privacy.

Should You Hire a Private Investigator?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. What we can offer you are information on possible scenarios where hiring a private eye can be beneficial for you. The rest will be based on your specific circumstances. If you’re not sure whether you should hire a private investigator or not, contact us and we’ll be happy to answer questions you may have. We can also suggest which private investigation services may be best for your specific needs. Talk to us today!

 

How Private Investigators Can Find People for You

As private investigators, we often get asked the question “can a private investigator find someone?”. In fact, it is one of the most common questions we get on a daily basis! So, what is the deal? Can a private investigator find someone, indeed?

The short answer is a resounding YES. We can find almost anyone with our private investigation services although success rate as well as how soon a person can be found depend on various factors. There are many things to consider from a legal point of view as well as the available information on hand. Below are factors to consider before hiring a private investigator to find someone.

Reason for Finding the Person

Private investigators are bound by the federal and provincial laws to uphold certain standards. Ethics is also a reason why private investigators can’t just dole out powerful information for no reason at all. If you’ve been looking for someone, like a friend or family member that you’ve lost contact with, private investigators are more likely to take your case. If the person you are looking for is an old flame or an ex that you want to keep tabs on, then a private investigator might decline if your reasons don’t seem to be harmless.

In some cases, private investigators will also contact the persons you are looking for to inform them that you are looking for them and ask them if they are fine with sharing their information to you.

What Details You Can Share

It takes information to find someone else. If you can provide a name, estimated age, and location of the last contact, the private investigator is more likely to succeed in finding someone for you versus if you only want to find someone who was wearing a blue shirt at a bar a few years ago.

The less information you have, the longer the search will take because the private investigator may have to pursue multiple dead ends and wrong leads before finding the person you are looking for. It takes a lot of skills, legal workarounds, and tens if not hundreds of man-hours to find someone.

Is It Necessary to Physically Find the Person?

It is one thing to find someone online but a whole other level to find out where someone lives. If you need to find someone to serve papers or for some legal matter like for a court order, this will take time and cost more because you might also need surveillance services.

How Much Can You Spend on Finding Someone

As mentioned earlier, finding someone can take tens to hundreds of hours. That is going to cost you some serious cash more so if you can only provide very vague details. You can choose to DIY a bit by using consumer-based online databases but the main thing we want to emphasize here is to be reasonable with your expectations.

Remember, when you hire a private investigator, you are not only paying for his or her time but also for the years of experience that it took him or her to have the needed private investigator skills.

Are You Patient Enough?

The less information you can provide, the harder and longer the search will be. Imagine if you can only provide a common name like John Smith. There are thousands of John Smith in the world! Finding the right person will literally be like looking for a needle in a haystack, even for a seasoned private investigator!

Are you ready to find someone? Contact us at Haywood Hunt for a consultation on which of our private investigation services may be able to help you the most to find a missing person or locate a person of interest.

 

Brampton Woman to Spend 2 Years in Jail for Posing as a Nurse

A woman from Brampton, Ontario who posed as a nurse and gave people cosmetic procedures that she wasn’t qualified to perform was sentenced to about 2 years of jail time. Her victims were left with lasting physical injuries.

Mounting Charges

Shiva Ashkani, a resident of Brampton, Ontario was found guilty of 8 charges committed against her former patients. Her charges include one count of fraud under $5,000, one count of aggravated assault, and 3 counts of assault with a weapon. She claimed to be a medical cosmetician and a registered nurse with decades of experience administering collagen injections and botox.

3 of Ashkani’s patients reported permanent scarring, agonizing pain, significant financial losses, and fear of contracting blood-borne diseases after undergoing Ashkani’s procedures.

Ashkani has a history of mental illness. She was sentenced by Superior Court Justice Alfred O’Marra to 2 years minus a day in jail and another 3 years of probation.

Prosecutors requested a 3.5 years jail sentence but Justice O’Marra felt that her mental illness should also be considered before passing a sentence.

Harsh Sentencing or Not Harsh Enough?

Justice O’Marra wrote in his March 28 sentencing decision that although Ashkani knowingly injected applied harmful material and injected substances that brought so much physical and psychological pain plus financial harm to her victims, he has to take into account that she needs access to treatment and continuing control and supervision in view of her mental illness.

Ashkani’s fraudulent cosmetics treatments were committed in 2015, 3 years after she was accused of assault with a weapon and aggravated assault after attacking her husband and leaving him with a ruptured spleen.

History of Fraud?

According to O’Marra, Ashkani began posting ads about her non-existent medical credentials in February 2015 on classified sites online. She claimed that she’s a registered nurse with 13 years of experience working with surgeons as well as has 21 years of experience as a medical cosmetician working in Toronto, Vancouver, and Beverly Hills, California.

The court also heard of a Toronto tanning salon that needed a registered nurse and hired Ashkani in 2015 after coming across her ad in July 2015. The court shared that Ashkani performed botched collagen and botox treatments on 2 women in the tanning salon. It was found out that one of the women, the site manager, fell ill after the injection and ended up with damaged skin as well as scarring. The victim had to spend more than $4,000 to help correct the damage. Ashkani threatened the woman with physical violence after the victim filed a complaint against her. The other victim had skin discolouration after Ashkani’s procedure.

The Cost of Fraud

There are more victims aside from the women mentioned above. Each victim had a harrowing experience and had to spend time and money just to try to correct the damage caused by Ashkani’s procedures. The psychological trauma and pain alone are unbearable.

Ashkani has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder as well as bipolar disorder. She has a history of suicidal gesture according to the court. She was hospitalized after conviction and needed a psychiatric assessment before sentencing.

Frauds are everywhere. Even with today’s technology, quite a lot of people can still claim to be someone they’re not. It is best to do a background check before hiring potential employees. If you’re interested to undergo procedures, verify the credentials of the person who’ll be performing the procedures on you. Contact us if you need help with OSINT, looking to hire a private investigator, or want assistance with fraud prevention.

 

5 Warning Signs of a Cheating Spouse You Should Not Ignore

No one wants to be cheated on and for most people, dealing with a cheating spouse is one of the most emotionally painful experiences they could go through. Imagine if you have to live with the uncertainty that your spouse could be cheating on you. It is best to be sure by looking for signs of a cheating spouse and then getting enough proof to give you peace of mind once and for all. Below are some warning signs of a cheating spouse that you should look out for.

Your Spouse Suddenly Wants More Privacy

It is healthy for married people to have interests that they don’t do with their spouse. However, wanting to hide an interest or not wanting the spouse to find out about it is something else. More so when the sudden need for more privacy extends to previously shared things, such as social media passwords and the like. If your partner used to let you use his or her gadgets and you can freely log in to their accounts but they suddenly want privacy now, then keep your eyes peeled for other signs of a cheating spouse. If your partner has always been private, then this could be a non-issue. Watch out too for signs of your spouse hiding money.

Your Spouse Admits to No Longer Being In-Love with You

When a spouse says that the passion is gone, then there is an increased chance that that partner has given up on the relationship and may turn to seek passion somewhere else. This is why a lot of passion-less relationships breed infidelity. When a spouse feels that the marriage is no longer meeting his or her emotional needs, it makes it easier to justify cheating too.

Your Spouse Has Friends That He or She Doesn’t Want to Introduce to You

When this happens, the friend could be someone your spouse is having an affair with, planning to have an affair with, or knows something that your spouse wants to hide from you. There are other possible reasons but hiding other relationships, even only as ‘friends’, is a huge warning sign.

Requesting More Time Alone

While it is normal for someone to have hobbies and interests outside the family sphere, spending an unhealthy amount of time in a new interest could be a sign of a cheating spouse. This is especially true if your partner says the alone time is for sorting out his or her feelings.

Change in Habits and Schedule

Some types of work may become more demanding during certain periods but if the other signs of a cheating spouse are present and your spouse suddenly begins to spend more time at work or have excuses to stay away from home, then you might have a reason to be worried. Another sign is spending too much time on the phone or computer when this wasn’t previously the norm.

When you notice the above warning signs of a cheating spouse and you have your own suspicions fueled by your partner’s behaviour that just doesn’t add up, it is best to get a straight answer and enough evidence for your peace of mind. Contact us at Haywood Hunt and ask about our private investigation services for investigating cheating spouses and infidelity. We may not be able to help you save your marriage but we sure can help save your sanity!

 

Evolution of the Modern Private Investigator

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People tend to think of all sorts of shadowy tough figures when trying to imagine how a private investigator would look like. Sometimes people think that private investigators have a posh office complete with futuristic gadgets or the complete opposite, having a dark office opening into an alley or a dangerous street.

Private Investigators in the Past

What comes to mind when you try to imagine what being a private investigator is like?

Is it like in the movies, where the sleuth is a dashing gentleman with super-hero like attributes for whom the ladies swoon over? Or is it the tough guy image, barely making ends meet and trying to go by dangerous requests from private clients?

The truth is actually far from both. Here’s the biggest shocker, about 15% of private eyes at present time are females. True, that’s not a huge percentage but that just means times are changing. However way private investigators are portrayed in movies, books, and shows in the past, it is far from reality.

Private Investigators in 2019

These days, the field of private investigations is a well-respected trade. Men and women from a variety of backgrounds are drawn to the field, seeing that it leads to a fulfilling albeit challenging career.

Gone are the days of private eyes who are involved in illegal or questionable activities in the past such as wire-tapping, getting phone records illegally, and pretending to be law enforcement officers. Today’s private investigators are professionals who undergo intensive and extensive training, plus are required to undergo licensing. They are well-versed with federal, provincial, and local laws and know that they are not above those laws, just like any other law-abiding citizen.

All of the above does not mean that a career in private investigation is boring. In fact, private investigators are usually trained to gain specialized skills so that they can do their job right. See what modern private investigators do below!

Private Investigator Jobs

Typical private investigator jobs include:

Although about 25% of men and women working as private investigators are self-employed, a trained private eye is much sought after by the following:

  • Hotels
  • Law firms
  • Financial institutions
  • Retail stores
  • Credit collection companies
  • Large investigative agencies
  • Corporations

Surprised by the variety of private investigator jobs above or interested in a fulfilling career in the field of private investigation? Contact us at Haywood Hunt today!

Investment Company 1PLUS12 Allegedly Involved in Fraud – Sued for almost $2M by Investor

1PLUS12 is an investment company that used to be trusted by their clients until news broke out that they are possibly linked to a $17M Toronto mortgage fraud. One of their consultants was also involved in a B.C. based financial company that lost almost $19M of its investors’ and creditors’ money.

Ruined Reputation?

1PLUS12 calls itself an ‘international investment training company’. They also claim that they can make their clients rich through their unique and uncommon approach to investing.

An investigation by Global News unearthed two lawsuits with a total of $6.4M against 1PLUS12. Further digging revealed that 1PLUS12 is linked to a $17M high-end real estate mortgage fraud in Toronto. It also came to light that one of 1PLUS12’s consultants is the same person behind Dexior Financial, a B.C. company that is facing financial issues after losing $19M of its investors’ and creditors’ money.

Unworthy of Trust?

A former client, named Roman Turlo, is now suing 1PLUS12 for almost $2. Turlo stated that the company is making money off of trusting, innocent people, adding that the company allegedly misrepresented real estate opportunities in a fraudulent manner. Turlo further shared that 1PLUS12 claims to use a mix of international and local real estate plus optimized tax and legal strategies to help people become financially independent and free.

1PLUS12 Introduction – Who Are They?

1PLUS12 still operates unregulated by the OSC, the Ontario Securities Commission or the FSCO, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario – the agency that watches over the mortgage industry. To date, 1PLUS12 still have upcoming workshops scheduled for April 2019 and May 2019. Experts express concern that this is a reflection of problems Canada’s real estate and investment sectors.

Glenn Estrabillo, the CEO of 1PLUS 12, declined several requests for an interview by Global News. Estrabillo stated that the company is fighting defamatory and false allegations in court and that they will continue to stand by their investment strategy. To date, none of the allegations against the company have been in court.

Investment Gone Wrong

Turlo shared that he began investing with 1PLUS12 in 2013. He began taking seminars and claims that he spent more than $700,000 as part of an 11-person investing group under 1PLUS12’s guidance.

According to Turlo’s lawsuit, the company promised exclusive mentorship and unique real estate investments that can produce more than 20% in returns. As a group, they spent more than $5.6M on a dozen properties, 1 in Belize and 11 in Ontario. The investment was pitched to them as low risk with good returns. Things were as expected for the first few years until Turlo found out that one of the properties they invested in was sold without their knowledge. This made him suspicious. Later discoveries are even more alarming as he found out that there was no record that their group ever invested in any of the properties.

Updates

This case is currently ongoing in court and 1PLUS12 declines to give further statements, saying that they are aware of the comments against them by a small number of investors and that they are facing the said investors in court.

Are you planning to invest in real estate but not sure about the company you want to work with? Do you need professional help finding out detailed information in a legal manner? Contact us and we’ll discuss how our private investigation services can help safeguard your investments and your future against fraud. Talk to us as soon as possible!

Dishonest Pharmacists in Ontario Are Stealing Millions Meant for the Poor

Fraudulent pharmacists in Ontario have been pocketing millions of dollars meant for the poor over the past few years. Recent reports show that Ontario’s Drug Benefit program have been overbilled by dishonest pharmacists for hundreds of thousands of dollars up to a few million dollars at a time.

How Do They Do It?

A man who identified himself as ‘The Cleaner’ shared that he helps with the scam by fixing the papers and cleaning up the books of any pharmacy that availed of his services. He’s the person who makes the fraudulent pharmacy look as clean as any other pharmacy.

‘The Cleaner’ further shared that pharmacies flagged for overbilling by the Ontario Drug Benefit Program (ODB) usually call him to help them create a paper trail to hide their fraud and get them off the hook. The pharmacists are aware that they are committing fraud and that they could go to jail but that seems to push them, even more, to hire ‘The Cleaner’ to clean up their act and committing more crime in the process.

‘The Cleaner’ divulged that his long career in the health care field allowed him to have more insight about the system and said that he found ways to game it. He creates fake transfers from other pharmacies to fix discrepancies in inventory when Ministry of Health auditors look for medications that were billed by the pharmacy despite never having them in stock. To date, ‘The Cleaner’ helped disguise fraud in more than 100 pharmacies on Ontario in the last 5 years without breaking a sweat.

Pharmacists fool auditors with ‘The Cleaner’s’ coaching. He tells the pharmacists to tell the auditors that they simply forgot to enter certain data and to act like they knew about the medications but simply didn’t enter their data into the system. There are also instances when auditors inform the pharmacy that they are going to conduct an inspection ahead of time so ‘The Cleaner’ simply comes over and fixes what needs fixing in as little as just 3 hours.

The Big Impact

Ontario’s most vulnerable benefit from the medications provided by the ODB. The ODB provides medications for those on social assistance, the elderly, and children by shouldering most if not all of the medication cost for qualified patients. This program costs Ontario about $5.4 billion a year.

The province is billed by pharmacists every 2 weeks for the medications they dispensed to ODB patients and they are then paid afterward. Fraudulent pharmacists commit fraud by overbilling, listing drugs they never dispensed, and adding those to the bill they send ODB. Because of this, funds that are meant to go to the sick and needy are funneled into dishonest pharmacists’ pockets.

To date, very few pharmacists are getting caught and those that were caught usually manage to avoid jail. This is a problem that is costing Ontario a lot of money as there are instances when a caught pharmacist has several pharmacies all overbilling the province but can’t be charged due to lack of evidence.

Fraud happens in any industry. Pharmacy fraud has many aspects and uncovering one still leaves a significant number behind. All that can be done is to be more vigilant for fraud detection and to have safety measures in place for fraud prevention. Our private investigation services can help with these! Contact us today!

What is Skip Tracing and How Can It Help You?

Skip tracing is the term used to name the process of legally locating someone. It is often used by businesses for locating people who have debt, are missing, or need to be investigated. Law enforcement agencies as well as collection and investigative firms often use skip tracing services.

Because of the above, skip tracing is one of the most common jobs for private investigators, amounting to thousands of cases or approximately 20% to 30% of private investigator work in Canada.

Should You Use Skip Tracing?

Skip tracing is the process of finding a person who is hiding or moved away (referred to as person of interest) to avoid responsibilities and other issues. The most common reason for hiding usually revolves around debt.

A private investigator’s job in skip tracing is all about attempting to locate the person of interest’s whereabouts or contact details. In some instances, it may be possible to get a location in real-time and turn over that data to a third-party as long as there is legal basis to do so. Note that a professional private investigator won’t just turn over data to any client without a legal reason.

Who Can be Found via Skip Tracing?

Although the most common reason to use skip tracing services to find someone is for debt collection, it can also be used to locate the following individuals:

  • Clients or customers who did not pay for services rendered
  • Defendants who went missing or did not show up for court date
  • Debtors who defaulted
  • Witnesses for cases
  • Missing heirs or relatives meant to inherit a state
  • People who have ongoing legal proceedings and need to be served process papers

What Information Does a Private Investigator Find When Skip Tracing?

The private investigator will use skip tracing to find out the current location of the person of interest and other relevant data. In some instances, the private investigator can contact the said person to serve papers. Note that the private investigator cannot arrest someone unlike a bounty hunter.

The private investigator will also gather data that includes the person of interest’s social security ID and number, place of work, current address, and current contact number to be part of a report at the conclusion of the case.

How is Skip Tracing Done?

Private investigators use a myriad of legal workarounds to find someone. This can include looking at public records and publicly available information, talking to colleagues and neighbours of the POI, looking around the possible locations where the POI might be hiding, browsing through property deeds and court proceedings, and combing through specialized investigator databases. With enough time, a professional private investigator can find a person of interest given the fact that most people have social media and have tons of paper records.

Skip tracing involves a lot of patience, legwork, research, and even surveillance. It isn’t for a novice and is definitely not for someone who is not aware of the legalities surrounding skip tracing.

Are you looking for someone and need a reliable way to locate them? We can help with our skip tracing services! Contact us for a short discussion about how we can help you with skip tracing.

When Should You Hire a Private Investigator to Catch a Cheating Spouse?

Cheating or infidelity in marriage is one of the leading factors for a divorce. It is one of the most damaging acts that can destroy relationships and trust. If a partner suspects that the other is cheating, things can easily go downhill. The relationship can either end abruptly or end later after numerous fights. So, when is a private investigator needed for instances of cheating or infidelity?

Hiring a private investigator can prove that cheating did occur as well as gather evidence that can be used as evidence in court. More importantly, a private investigator can provide clear answers and give peace of mind to a partner suspecting the other of infidelity.

Do You Need to Hire a Private Eye?

Signs of infidelity are hard to dismiss. One can’t just shake off the feeling that his or her partner is cheating. It creates a big problem even when the other party is not cheating at all because suspicion eats away trust.

You can hire a private investigator for legal reasons when you need hard evidence that can prove cheating in court. A professional private eye knows how to gather data in a legally-admissible way. More so, there are instances when proving cheating can have a significant effect on the outcome of divorce such as when there is a prenuptial agreement with an infidelity clause or if you need to prove that a considerable value of your marital assets was spent on the affair.

Personal reasons are also valid motives to hire a professional private investigator. It can be that you simply want answers for peace of mind. It can also be that you feel that you’re being gaslighted and want out on an abusive and manipulative relationship. In some cases, hiring a private investigator is the logical way to go if both sides of the family are against a possible divorce and you have to defend yourself and prove that an affair is going on. In any case, hiring a private investigator can remove doubts and give you back your sanity.

How to Hire a Private Investigator to Investigate Cheating

The first step is to make the decision that you truly are willing to face what the private eye will uncover. There is no turning back once a professional is hired and the answer may not be what you want to hear nor expect.

Next is to contact a private investigator with a long history of client success and talk to them about what you want to get done. Some technicalities may need to be sorted out (such as legal restrictions) but the right private detective or private investigations firm will be clear with you and will be open to discussing your case before proceeding.

To sum it up, look for experience, ask for licensing information, and ask for a consultation. Choose a professional or a firm that is on the side of the truth and professionalism. Stay away from those who offer false promises and exaggerated claims. Remember that whatever information is uncovered can change your life for better or for worse.

Ready to hire a private investigator to catch a cheating partner? Talk to us and we’ll discuss what we can do for you. We can also investigate if your partner is hiding money and help you get child custody.