Money to burn

Guardian UnlimitedThe Guardian reports today that, according to a survey by Grant Thornton, 49% of divorces in Britain last year came after one partner asked a private investigator to check whether the other was committing adultery. Sorry, but I just don't believe it. It is extremely rare for any of my clients to use a private investigator. Apparently Grant Thornton got the information from "100 leading matrimonial lawyers". I suspect that this means 100 lawyers who act for high-worth clients who have money to burn on instructing private investigators. The reality is that even if the number of people suspecting that their spouse is committing adultery is increasing (although this is not borne out by the figures for divorces based upon adultery), most people simply can't afford to instruct a private investigator.


  1. I am a private investigator and I can believe it. On what basis can't most people afford a PI? Surely the same arguement could be applied to lawyers, accountants plumbers.......

  2. Apart from the survey, on what basis do you believe that 49% of divorces last year came after one partner asked a private investigator to check whether the other was committing adultery? Certainly, that is not my experience, or anything like it, and I obviously deal with a lot of divorces.

    As for affording a PI, most people of ordinary means struggle to pay lawyers' fees (unless legally aided, but I do not believe that legal aid would be available to hire a PI for this purpose), and paying for a PI and lawyers fees for the subsequent divorce would be out of the question for them. In any event, if the marriage has come to that, they hardly need to prove adultery - they can simply proceed with a divorce on the basis of unreasonable behaviour.

    I can see that more people of substantial means may use PIs, but theirs would hardly constitute 49% of all divorces.

    Please note that my post was not meant to be any sort of comment upon private investigators, or their fees.


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